Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NaNo madness!

All this NaNoWriMo craziness has made me realize that I'm probably one of ten writers I know who aren't participating.  Do I feel left out?  A bit.  But I made a conscious decision not to participate, and here's why.

NaNo is great for getting you started.  50,000 words in a month is huge.  If I didn't already have two WIPs I probably would have done it.  But I've got 21,000 words of one written, and almost 15,000 of the other.  It's not fair to start NaNo in the middle of a WIP.  And it's not fair to my WIPs to shelve them while I start on something completely new.

That said, I have nothing but admiration for those who do NaNo.  And I hope to do it next year.  I just need to have my WIPs done by then!


  1. I'm not participating either! Never have. I am revising a YA manuscript and querying a MG manuscript so I just don't have the time between that and work. But good luck to everyone who is participating!

  2. Yeah, I just finished the first draft of my WIP and it needs a ton of work so I'm going to focus on that. But best of luck to everyone participating!

  3. I'm not doing it either. I write historical-based (medieval) fiction, so I have to spend a ton of time on research. Unfortunately, writing 50K words without the research to make it real won't work for me.