Monday, October 24, 2005

NaNoWriMo blues

In the year 2002, I participated in NaNoWriMo. If you haven’t heard of it, that stands for National Novel Writing Month. November is the month, and in 2002, I wrote a whole novel during the month of November. It is an accomplishment I am quite proud of, because it definitely wasn’t easy.

I didn’t participate during 2003 or 2004 because of grad school—I would have gone crazy. I was so looking forward to NaNoWriMo 2005 so I could write my second novel. But November 1 is fast approaching, and I find that my heart just isn’t in it. I want to do it—the thrill of writing a novel in a month (along with 20,000 other people!) and knowing that you accomplished something that difficult and big, well, there’s nothing like that feeling.

So what’s keeping me from signing up? Why am I not dreaming up plots, developing characters, and listening in on other people’s conversations for inspiration? (Haha. Listening in on conversations is fun to do, and often quite inspirational!) It’s plain my heart isn’t in it, and I can’t write 50,000 words in one month without a whole lot of conviction and heart. I almost quit halfway through the month (when I had written 25,000 words already!) the first time I participated, so I KNOW that NaNoWriMo is not for the faint of heart.

If something changes by November 1, then I’ll go at it full force! I guess I just don’t know why I’m so lethargic about it…Anyone out there thinking of participating this year? Anyone willing to try and help psych me up for this?

Oh, p.s. This shirt makes nanowrimo awfully tempting...

So NOW who's with me? For those about to write, we salute you.

5 comments:

Maraed said...

I'm attempting NaNo for the first time this year. I know a few people who have done it before. It seems like it is harder to do the second times, because aren't trying to prove as much. I think you should do it, though. I'm willing to bet you have another novel in you. And I'm sure you could offer some advice and encouragement to those new to NaNo, like me. At least give it a try.

Abel said...

Why not space it out? Instead of trying to do it in a month, why not try to do it in six. That way it's not so intense.

Anonymous said...

Umm..the point of NANo is to write a novel in one month, it doesn't have to be good, the point is you do it 30 days....

holli jo said...

Thanks for the encouragement...

Kate said...

I have that shirt -- it is a source of great strength. :) Maybe what you're experiencing is the infamous sophomore slump? They say that your second go at NaNo is the hardest. This year will be my second attempt (pulled it off last year) but I'm also in my first year of grad school, so I'm having to cut my expectations and prepare myself for the probability of not making 50,000 (perhaps even having to quit halfway through). If I was smart I probably wouldn't even start.