NaNo (No! No! No!) WriMo





I don't do NaNoWriMo. I've watched it since it first started, but didn't jump in until last year. BIG mistake. I am NOT NaNo compliant. It screwed up my whole writing year. No exaggeration. I already had everything I needed to write a novel. I'd done it before. The interference of others during the NaNoWriMo process wrecked it for me. The perfect creative flow established over the previous years jarred into a whole year of chaos.


In a way, this was a good thing. I had a bunch of non-creative stuff to do. The last year has been about the business side of writing: 
  • Setting things up for publication 
  • Building a kick-ass platform
  • Getting smaller pieces of creative work published
  • Getting articles published in print media
  • Working out a solid business plan for my writing for the long term
 This is all important stuff. The endless obstacles in the way of publishing my first novel are starting to annoy the heck out of me. I like deadlines. I can't fix a reliable deadline on this, and it is beyond frustrating. Every time I'm within an inch of publication, the giant Pigeon of Delay flies overhead and drops something smelly onto my plans. I'm not giving up though. No! No! No! The novel will come out (PLEASE let it come out by Christmas!!!)  


Anyhow... back to NaNoWriMo. It is a great idea - if you're not me - and I plan to support it just as much as ever. Let me know in the comment section if you're taking part, and give me your Twitter name so I can add you to my NaNoWriMo list (the VERY FIRST EVER NaNoWriMo list on Twitter, by the way).

Stephanie  – (2 November 2010 at 16:29)  

I have never done it, but it's just not for me. I write all year...I can't see waiting til November 1st to start a novel. And I can't see putting that much pressure on myself. I have my daily word count goal already and that's enough. I think it's great for others and I commend the people who do do it. I just can't see rushing like that and pushing everything else in my life aside just so I can say I pumped out 50,000 mediocre words in a month.

I just finished my latest MS and will use November for editing it.

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