This year, for the first time in three or four years, I am not planning on even attempting to write a novel in November with the rest of the NaNoWriMos.
Not that I’ve ever actually completed the goal of writing a 70,000 word novel (or to be more technically accuate, novella) in 30 days. But for the last few years, I have consistently tried to do so, and the experience of trying has been good for my writing.
Part of the reason that I’m not participating in National Novel Writing Month this year is, quite frankly, between a full-time job as a web copywriter and the personal writing I do here on this blog and in my off line journal–I’m pretty much already writing a lot. I don’t think that my writing stands to benefit as much from the increased volume of output alone as has been the case in previous years.
The other big reason is that quite frankly, I have too many irons in the fire right now and I don’t feel like dropping any of them. I give a huge shout-out to anyone who has decided to participate. To any one who is considering participating for the first time, I can’t recommend it highly enough. I’m a better writer now for my failed attempts to complete NaNoWriMo than I would’ve been without them.
If you’re in the local Louisville Metro Area, and want to participate, let me know–I’m still receiving emails from the Louisville Municipal Liaisons about scheduled meet-ups and write-ins in the area. Or you could simply go to the NaNoWriMo official site and join the Louisville region. The only thing that can potentially make writing a novel in a month more fun, is writing one with other frazzled, sleep-deprived aspiring authors.