For the past 4 years I’ve partaken in NaNoWriMo. But not this year.
Last year I decided to do NaNoWriMo again and it was a mission. I didn’t even get anywhere near what I wanted to (only 23,182 words out of 50,000 word goal for the month of November), and while that’s 23,000 words and that’s still great, I feel like it was more a chore than an enjoyable time. Life just got too busy, which is the main excuse for people but sometimes it’s just literally the truth.
In case you’re unfamiliar, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) happens every year in the month of November, and the aim is to begin a novel, and write 50,000 words of a first draft. Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? But it’s actually normally very doable. It’s just 1,667 words a day, and if you’re on a roll you can type that out in an hour or so (if you can type a decent speed).
I’ve done NaNo for 4 years now, and won twice (‘won’ meaning I go to 50,000 by the end of the month). Last year I had great ambition and plans and goals, and while I didn’t quite get there, I was pumped and ready to go.
November is a busy time in New Zealand, and not just for schools who are wrapping up for the year. I always have about a thousand things to do in November, places to go, events to attend, other cities that I’m visiting. This year throw 2 extra jobs into the mix (one that should end this week probably, and one that is now on-going freelance writing job), and the fact that I don’t get back from overseas until the 6th … yeah nah. It’s just not going to work this year.
Am I bummed about that? You betcha! My story needs attention; I haven’t open that folder for a good year now and it’s a wonder I remember what’s happening at all.
So 2017 is the year that I don’t sign up. If I find myself with a spare hour or so I might check back in with my characters and story, but for now I’m accepting the fact that this year it’s too much.
Wait for me, Novel. I’ll come back to you!
What about you? Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?