NaNo is in the air.
It’s also in my email, my Facebook newsfeed, and all over Twitter. Instagram—yup. Everywhere.
For those who don’t know, this is the gist of NaNoWriMo: For the month of November, thou shalt write every day until you reach the magic number of 50,000 words. It actually works out to 1667/day, which seems like a reachable goal, yes?
For most people, maybe. For me, not so much.
The first time I attempted NaNo I had no computer so I started off writing on yellow legal pads. I want to say this was somewhere around 2005 and I wanted to prove I was more than a flash fiction or short story writer, although there’s nothing wrong with being either. Or both.
I think I got up to about 25k and punked out. After a few months of useless editing, I burned those yellow legal pads lest someone actually SEE them and know I wrote that shit. Every error known to literature I committed in that ‘script. *shudder*
Editing cannot save every story and it certainly couldn’t save that one. And after failing so spectacularly, it was a couple of years before I tried again.
This time, I was armed with a Sony Vaio. Man, I loved that thing. It was a tank. I put out so many words on that machine it was insane. Hundreds of articles, thousands of words, whoa. I eventually wrote Athena’s Promise on it in about eight weeks. But it was like a cork was pounded into each and every finger when it came to typing out 1667 a day for the month of November. WTF? Blergh.
Better than the last one, but only 10,000 words this time before I conceded defeat. Shit happens. It was still 10k more than what I started with. But with my crazy schedule I just could not make it work.
So, in the end, I don’t think I fit with NaNo or that NaNo fits with me. And that’s okay. I do envy a tiny bit the camaraderie and the fun activities, but I’ll just cheer on the writers for whom this platform works. I don’t think I’m the only one out here for whatever reason chooses not to participate in NaNo, but it is fun to give it a try to see if it works for you. If it does, that’s great! If not, that’s great too, because believe it or not, I learned a lot from my mistakes. Especially with the first book. Wow. I kind of got that word vomit out of the way so that’s a good thing. I might try it again at some point, although it won’t be this year.
What about you? Are you doing NaNo or taking a pass?