Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year

To clarify, I have nothing against November. In fact, I love the months of fall. It’s even been dubbed the National Novel Writing Month. That’s why it’s called NaNoWriMo.

But I have been named the most under-prepared person ever that wants to participate. I mean, I barely have the characters developed. Actually, that’s a lie. I know very well who my characters are, but the point is: the story is still green.

That’s why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year. I was looking forward to it, but I don’t want to rush it. Think back to what happened the last time I rushed a novel. I mean, I legit made that plot in an hour! An hour! That won’t make a good story if the plot is only 250 words.

If I rush the scene structure, plot outlining, and character arcs I won’t only make a stupid novel that could have so much more potential, I will be exhausted myself. We have 15 days left before November. That is not a good amount of time for 2-3 months of work.

I mean, if I pulled 12 all nighters, ignored my schoolwork, worked during science lectures, and skipped lunch and dinner, I might be able to do it. I could choke down inhuman amounts of coffee and caffeine. I could put my body in a very unhealthy position and possibly almost kill myself. I could wake around in a caffeine-induced fog where I live of 3 and half hours of sleep for half a month. It could work.

Or I could just take my time and painstaking plot out each scene while silently crying myself to sleep because everyone else has NaNoWriMo related posts and all I have is photos of notebooks and cookies. There is an endless amount of endings!

So that brings me to the end of my rant. But honestly guys this is true advice coming from my keyboard to your eyes. If you feel underprepared and overwhelmed by something, don’t rush yourself. All you get is mediocre work which will cause head pounding on your keyboard.

That is all I’ve got to say to you! Have an awesome day!

-Carlye

5 thoughts on “Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year

  1. I understand! I’m doing nano. I have a page full of notes and ideas and I’ve been developing some new characters, but I still left enough room to come up with stuff as I go. I’m really excited!!

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      1. Pretty much everything about it is classified for now. 😉 Buttttt I can say there’s lots of action. And teamwork. And friends. And ships (maybe). And tragedy. 😭 I hope it’ll be epic!
        Ah, yes. Only about… 19 days left?? *cries and stresses out*

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