If you're at all involved in the online writing community, you already know about NaNoWriMo, affectionately truncated to NaNo. Basically, you sign up to write a whole novel between November 1 and November 30. Lots of my writing buddies have attempted this. Some have even succeeded.
I have never even tried. Let me tell you why.
The Top Ten Reasons I Say No-No to NaNo
10. The temptation to cheat would be too great. I just know as soon as I slipped behind on my daily word count goal, I'd dip into something I've already written, doctor it up a bit, and cram it in to make it fit. And cheating would be wrong.
9. I've never really written a "first draft." By which I mean: I fiddle with the parts I've already written all the way through, so by the time I reach "The End," I'm probably on about draft 25 of the early chapters.
8. I'm too competitive. If my friends who are participating were to tell me they'd written 2000 words for the day, I'd have to write 2001. (I know. It's a sickness.)
7. I may be *cough* ever-so-slightly contrary. If somebody is telling me I have to do something, I can usually find a way not to. Which explains why I haven't yet read Twilight or seen Titanic. Too many people told me I "just had to!"
6. I'm too superstitious. I know, deep down, as soon as I commit to writing a whole novel in a month,something will happen to keep it from happening. My computer will blow up. I'll come down withbubonic plague. There will be a rare November blizzard, and I will be shoveling out until Christmas. The Zombie Apocalypse will descend, and my brain will be eaten. Take your pick.
|Possibly even with zombie pirates!!! (morgueFiles.com)
5. November zips by fast enough as it is. I can't afford to age any faster than I already am.
4. Turkey coma. I will eat so much on Thanksgiving that my brain won't be functional until the first week of December.
|Yes, I will eat turkey, despite the dirty looks. Lots and lots of turkey. (morgueFiles.com)
3. I like to get the laundry done during my daily writing time. We don't have enough clothing to get me through NaNo.
|Not my real washer. Though some days it feels like it. (morgueFiles.com)
2. If I were to manage to write a whole novel in a month, how would I ever live up to it with future novels? Say I were to take six weeks for the next one? or seven? or even eight? Think how inadequate I would feel. Who needs to feel inadequate?
And the #1 REASON I'm not doing NaNo? Because I know I'd never be able to keep up with regular blog posts if I did. Either writing mine or reading the ones I follow. Yes, dear readers, it's a huge sacrifice, but I'm DOING IT FOR YOU. :)
So, are you NaNo-ing this year? How's it working out for you?
P.S. The winner of Diane Henders' book will be announced soon!