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NaNoWriMo (and why I'm not participating)

I’ve had several people ask me recently whether I’ll be taking part in NaNoWriMo this year, so I thought I’ll answer your question here.

No, I will not take part in NaNoWriMo. Not because I don’t believe in it or anything like that, but because I know that 50K a month is a bit too ambitious for me. I’m already doing a NaNoWriMo thing every month anyway and try to write as much as I humanly can, so it being November would change very little for me. I know what I can achieve every week, and I won’t be able to squeeze in a lot more next month, either.

That doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s a good idea! If you can actually squeeze out an entire draft in one month then go you! Best of luck to you and your writing ambitions. Writing a draft isn’t easy, so if you can do it in just one month then all the more power to you.

Make that draft happen! Source

One thing, though – don’t keep telling people that you’ll be writing a whole book in November. There’s a big difference between a finished book and the first draft, and you’re not doing yourself any favours by telling yourself that you’ll have a finished product by the end of November. I’m not saying this out of spite (as I’ve seen some people do) and don’t let this discourage you. What you’ll have by December is a first draft, and that’s nothing to scoff at! It’s a huge achievement, and once you have that you can work at it to make it into a great book! Even more so, you’ve managed it in a month! One month, people! It may not be a finished book, but it’s still something to be proud off! And it’s a pretty good foundation to boot!

So, if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year – best of luck to you!! Get those words written and that draft down! (and help yourselves to some cookies here and there to see you through the month)


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  1. I’m not participating either, and that’s purely because I know I can’t make that kind of commitment. If I attempted it, I’d be kidding myself and end up feeling like a failure. I write because I enjoy it, and even though I moan and whinge sometimes about my word counts, I’m not stressed or over stretching myself.

    I agree on the ‘I’m writing a novel in a month’ scenario. A first draft is far from a completed novel, but it’s a huge achievement in itself.

    Maybe next year 🙂

    • Maybe next year ^^
      I agree, I wouldn’t be able to make that commitment myself, either. I know how many words I can do every month and it’s not 50K. That’s if nothing else comes up and I can write uninterrupted five days a week. So there’s no point in it for me.

      It’s good that you’re not stressed or over stretching yourself. Pushing yourself can be good here and there but you know your own limits best and it’s good that you’re not trying to force more than you can do. God knows we do other things, too!

      • Yes, if I managed 50k a month I can safely say that my daughter would look like a Wildling and be scavenging for food haha

        • If I managed that many my cat would probably hate me because I’d need to abandon all cuddling and feeding duties, haha! I know that for a lot of people it’s the push they need to crack on with it and get it done, but I don’t think it would work for me. But as you said, maybe next year 🙂

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