I’d like to start with a big Thank You to Annie who jumped in with very little notice last week to cover my post. The reason for my absence last week is also the reason for my choice of topic this week.
Yesterday, Jodi gave an excellent rundown of some ways to prepare for this year’s NaNoWriMo. I’d like take a look at the opposite side of the coin and give a few reasons—and permission—to skip this year’s NaNo.
For the past few years I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo. And each year I’ve won, and had fun doing so. However, I’m going to sit this year’s out. There are many reasons for this.
1. I’ve yet to do anything with the material produced from past efforts. It’s easy for me to get wrapped up on the numbers game—1,667 words per day to reach goal. But when doing so it’s easy to let the story get away from you. Each of the last three years my story wandered in directions I just wasn’t interested in following.
2. Too many things going on in my non-writing life. There’s no shame in saying that you’re just plain busy. Here in the states there are holiday concerns—starting just after Halloween and wrapping up with Thanksgiving. And at least in this house I’m spending the better part of each day looking for a job. If you’re too busy to realistically devote a fair amount of time to NaNo, it’s OK to watch from the sidelines.
3. Recently, I’ve had significant health concerns. Without going into the details here, I’ve had concerns that make looking at a computer screen for more than an hour or two a real struggle.
Now as a writer who is active in the blogging world, there is real pressure to join in the NaNo fray. And join in I will. I will be active in the NaNo forums, especially in giving other participating members the proper encouragement.
But at least for this year I’ll be saying No to NaNoWriMo.