That’s right. I’m not doing it.
This year, for the first time in three years, I’ve made the decision not to do NaNoWriMo.
It has nothing to do with dissatisfaction with the NaNo people or process. I’ve done it two Novembers in a row and won each time, though I admit I failed dismally at Camp NaNo this July. The thing is, though, that with my current story, I don’t have 50,o00 words left to write. Sure, I could write something else, but my priority at the moment is really to get this first draft finished. I’m already three months overdue and, with my new deadline being Christmas, I just want to get it over with.
I toyed with the idea of trying to finish it by the end of October and doing something completely different in November with NaNo. Unfortunately, I’ve been unwell and a number of other things have been coming back to bite me, and the time (and, frankly, inclination) just haven’t been there. I’m working my way through these final scenes and I’m getting there, but it’s a long, drawn out process. Perhaps if I was one of those people who writes in order it would be different, because I’d be building up to the dramatic end of the story, but I’m a non-linear writer and the end has been written since, well, two NaNos ago. No, what I’m doing now is doing a couple of sub-plots and some filler scenes that lead onto the next bit of drama. No wonder it’s taking me forever.
As such, I’m giving NaNo a miss this year. Instead, I’ll use November to (hopefully) kill off these last 15,000 or so words that need writing, and get this draft done once and for all. My character biographies are helping dramatically, I might add; that little writing exercise is clearly one that works really well for me. (Actually, there seem to be a lot of similarities between my writing habits and those of the lecturer in this course I’m doing, which is incredibly helpful.) Then, once my draft is done I’ll take some time off over Christmas and attack it with the red editor’s pen in the new year, refreshed and, with any luck, able to look at it with a new set of eyes.
Then next November I’ll do NaNo again, with the next story. At least, that’s the plan as it stands now. Wish me luck! :)
- Hey, Writers! NaNoWriMo is Back (hcplteenscene.org)
- My NaNoWriMo Thoughts (writermummy.wordpress.com)
- What is NaNoWriMo and why on earth are you doing it?! (gettingtotheend.wordpress.com)
- My first shot at NaNoWriMo. (lifeintheblueridges.wordpress.com)
- Coming to the Interwebs Near You – NaNoWriMo 2012! (alexandracorinth.com)