Saturday, October 19, 2013

NaNo or NoNo

I am seriously considering participating in NaNoWriMo next month, even though the thought of it sort of leaves me quaking in my writerly boots. My wonderful office buddy has created a NaNo group for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (an organization to which I proudly belong) and my hand is hovering over the "commit" button.

But I hesitate.

Truth: You scare the crap out of me NaNo.

For me, 50,000 words in one month is a huge output. I work full time, I have young kids, and I like for everyone in my house to have clean underwear everyday. I realize NaNo is not the same as a contracted deadline...but it is a promise to yourself. While it's not at all the same as damaging your writing career by missing a contracted deadline; I still think it would be just as disappointing, to yourself, to not hit that goal.

I will keep you posted as to my decision--which has to be made soon!

In preparation, and just in case, I have plotted out my entire next book. So at the very least I have built a map to guide me through NaNo should I decide to.

Anyone else going to jump in the pool this year?


  1. DO IT! I've done NaNo every year from 2008 till now (I made it ever year but one), and it's always a huge highlight of my year. Difficult, yes. Exhausting, yes, But so very worth it, regardless of whether or not I make the 50k mark—it's always a fantastic learning experience. :) Even if you don't hit the goal, the important thing to remember is that you did what you could and you will get something out of it.

    I hope you do it & love it!

  2. I know many writer friends who absolutely love NaNo and find it inspiring even if they don't achieve the full goal. It gets them writing and gets a project started with lots of support to boot. I'm doing a nonfiction version of it with smaller projects. I hope you have fun if you do participate.

  3. If you'd like something similar to NaNo but with a bit more room for life, there's a group of us doing HolNoWriMo: Holiday Novel Writing Months. We're doing a first draft over November AND December. :) Because yeah... full time job + small kids + housework = I cannot NaNo.