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No to NaNo

I learned a couple of years ago that I could, in deference of everything else but work, write 50k words in ten days. That was exciting. I also learned that I absolutely cannot work that way and if the finished project needs a complete rewrite, then for me, there’s no point it writing it the first time. 

It works for others but not for me. 

I need to edit and tweak as I go. I need to fix things and delete entire paragraphs/scenes/chapters. I can’t just write and keep going no matter what because I write myself into corners I can’t get out of. So it’s not an approach that I like, and it causes me anxiety when I think about it. 

I’m not doing NaNo this year. But I see a lot of people who are. Rock on, authors. May the muse be with you. I’ll be writing with you. Just not the same way. 

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6 thoughts on “No to NaNo”

    1. I think that it provides a fun motivation for a lot of people. I think there’s a lot to be said for the social aspect of it too. But yeah, as fun as that is, the actual writing process that way doesn’t work for yours truly.

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    1. Snort. NaNo is short of NaNoWriMo, which is also short for National Novel Writing Month. November. There’s a whole campaign and the way you’re supposed to do things, to write 50k words in a moth. A lot of authors, and aspiring authors, participate.

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