No NaNo Here Either
This is not my weekly post, but I thought in light of Paul’s and Janie’s posts, I’d spend just a few minutes explaining why, this year I won’t be participating.
Each of the last two years I have participated in NaNo. Each of those years I have set modest goals for myself, far short of the 50,000 words. Nevertheless, each year I have passed the 50k mark. And in the two years I have written approximately 750 words of usable rough draft. The first year I, when I wrote about 100k, I proved to myself that I can turn off my inner editor, that I can work for hours writing crap with nothing to show for it. Last year, only after I was done, did I realize that I had participated more out of solidarity than out of any expectation of writing anything usable.
This year I’ll encourage the writers I know who are participating. I’ll cheer them on. But I won’t be pressing toward 50k myself.