A Writing Journey

That’s right. I am not participating in National Novel Writing Month. I never have, and I do not intend to. My reasoning is quite simple: I don’t want to. But the reasons why I don’t want to are vast. I will settle for listing a few of them here.

First, I have a novel that is in need of my attention, and would like to continue devoting my attention to it. Related to this, I have a whole series of stories and ideas that occur in the same world, and I want to get each one done before I move on.

Second, I like to put my whole self into whatever project I am working on. That means writing a novel in a month would completely drain me, and I would have nothing left for my job or my friends.

Third, I am a perfectionist. The pace at which I would ave to write to complete a novel in a month would not allow for perfection.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? What are your reasons for participating or not participating?

Take care, fellow travelers.


Comments on: "Why I’m not Doing NaNoWriMo" (4)

  1. I have total respect for your reasons for not doing NaNoWriMo–in fact, I’ve very much considered the first two.

    I’m doing my fourth year right now. I first did it because I was having serious problems writing more than a page before throwing it all away, and I needed the push and commitment that NaNoWriMo offered. This year, I’m using it as a writing vacation. I like having an opportunity (and excuse) to work on a small, “non-serious” project that lets me write with more risks and exploration than I usually do.

  2. Good reasons! The majority of the writers I follow on WordPress are doing NaNo this year, and so am I, so it’s good to hear from the other side.

  3. I’m not participating either. I write between 1,200 to 1,500 words five days a week. I’m happy with that pace. I have full time job and a family and another novel that I’m in the process of editing. Giving myself a goal to finish 50.000 words this month would just add extra pressure that I don’t need. But I love the idea of NaNoWriMo. It’s a great tool for those writers who need a goal, a push. I applaud all those who participate, whether they win or lose, but in the end NaNo is just not for me. -RB

  4. I’m just writing my next novel at my usual pace. So I don’t expect I’ll finish it in a month.

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