I Really Shouldn’t do NaNoWriMo this Year, but it’s so Addicting

Today is a very special day. November first marks the beginning of days filled with typing frenzies, word-count goals, and long nights in front of the computer hammering out the next scene in your story.

Yes, it’s NaNoWriMo time again. Time for writers around the world to quite procrastinating and actually, well, write.

I’ve participated for the last four years but this year I questioned if I was going to do it or not. For the previous years NaNo came at the perfect time. I had either just finished up a project or not working on anything so I could start a fresh draft of a story, which is perfect for the seat-of-you-pants, quantity-over-quality style so prevalent in NaNo.

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This time around however, I was working on the fourth draft of my story and didn’t want to start something new and time consuming that would distract me from working on the revisions.

But those blasted “Are You Ready for NaNoWriMo?” emails kept coming in my inbox and making me feel like I was missing out. So I fell for the bate and visited my NaNo page, and all the nostalgia of previous years came rushing back.

I simply could NOT miss out on all the panic, stressing over word counts, and feeling like Thanksgiving is a waste of  precious writing time that comes with writing a novel in a month.

So just a few days ago, I decided to give writing a novel I haven’t even slightly planned out. Not even in my head.

I’ve never done this before, so it could be the biggest disaster, but I really couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t at least try to reach that 50,000 words this month.

For the rest of the month, I won’t be following the normal schedule. Instead, I’ll be posting every week about something I learned while doing NaNo last year. Hopefully, these posts will motivate you to finish if you’ve decided to do it this year and inspire you to keep working on your writing project whether you are doing NaNo or not.

Wish me luck! And good luck to all of you doing NaNo this year!

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9 thoughts on “I Really Shouldn’t do NaNoWriMo this Year, but it’s so Addicting

  1. Ha ha! We’ll see how I feel by the end. You and my other friend who is my writing buddy are addicted to NaNo. I don’t imagine I will become that way as I usually don’t enjoy inducing panic upon myself LOL. But, this 50,000 words in 30 days has intrigued me for a while, and I finally decided to bite the bullet and do it. I had planned to do it last year, but the idea I had was too daunting at the time. I got overwhelmed and decided not to do it. But, of course, those pesky ideas never truly go away, right? Over the summer, my friend pretty much MADE me commit to NaNo lol, so I had to sit down and figure out how to make this idea work. Sooooooo, we’ll see what happens!

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    1. You just might get addicted to. 😛 It’s surprising how you can get stuck on it. I thought I would have no problem skipping a year if I had to, until I tried to do that this year. 😀
      Maybe it’s the adrenalin rush, or the support you get from everyone else, or the feeling of accomplishment that you get when you look back at the end of the month and realize how much you’ve done, but something about NaNo is just so satisfying.
      I’m so excited that you’re doing it this year! I hope you love it! And get addicted to it. lol
      We should be friends in NaNo world too. 😉 My username is invisibleworld.

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