Saturday, 23 October 2010

NaNo, No Thanks

(Listening to - Limp Bizkit - Just Like This)

Yeesh, I need to get back into regular blogging again...

*Clears throat*

Where was I?

Oh, yeah.

So, NaNoWriMo begins in a week, and a few peeps have asked me if I'm doing it this year, and when I say no, they seem surprised. I thought I'd explain why I'm not on here.

First of all, NaNo is an awesome idea, and I know a lot of people who do it every year and produce great novels because of it. It encourages people to give themselves targets and deadlines, and to reach them while having fun along the way. I have no issue with the idea itself, and would recommend it to any and all writers. Click here for more info on it.

It just won't work for me.

Unless a deadline or target is imposed by me (and me alone), I don't respond well to them. In fact I work slower. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I'm a ridiculous kind of person, as those who know me will attest.

Along with that, NaNo comes with a shiny forum to jump on and read about other people's progress/projects. Things like that are like crack to me. I'd spend hours reading it instead of working on my own project. I know this because it's EXACTLY what happens with my writing forum, which is why I avoid it these days.

Another reason is that I'm already working on a project. Granted, you don't have to start a new project with NaNo, but it's preferred, and I'm not stopping this WIP for anything. ;)

So, there it is. I'm sure someone will pick all sorts of holes in my reasons (they're rather thin after all), but it won't make me sign up. I'm resolute in my non-NaNo-ness. :-)

Still, I'm interested in hearing if others will be playing. Lemme know, peeps! And good luck! :D




R. G. Randell said...

I have to many things on the go right now to even consider it. Maybe next year.

Matt said...

I'm with you guys. Too much going on. Besides, why can't you just pick a random month and make it your NaNo month?

Adam said...

Thanks for the replies. :)

Chances are I'll write 50k in November anyway, but there's also the chance I'll write 2k. I refuse to be made to feel guilty. ;)


Stacey Graham said...

This will be my fourth year doing NaNo. Two years sucked and the third is making its way through editors with my agent so it's a crap shoot. This year is going to be iffy since I have more on my plate but I'll give it a go -- because I'm as dumb as a box of rocks. ;)

Adam said...

Good luck with it!

The ZDG rocks! What's the plan this year? (You can PM if it's secret!)


Elle said...

I'm half and half right now. I love the fun of signing up and reading the forums and making new buddies and planning, but I've failed each time I've tried so far!

Then again, I have an agent who's passionate about a chick-lit project I wrote, and this week we got started on the rewrites and planning. I'm thinking NaNo might be a good opportunity to draft the rewrite and just aim for 50k.

So I'm still deciding at the moment!

Adam said...

Good luck either way, Elle. I'm sure you'll nail it. :D


Kaity Hall said...

Third time's a charm, right? This will be my 3rd NaNo and I've failed epically the last two years. I'm determined to succeed this year, just to say to myself that I did it! And it's not like I have a lot on my plate (besides work, cleaning the apartment to get ready for a foster care approval homestudy, possibly moving which requires a completely different kind of cleaning, my volunteer work with Sister Cities, the Animal Shelter, the Humane Society, The Festival of trees, and the Princess Tea. Nope, not much, at all!). I'm SO determined to make this work. But I run into the same problem with the forums. They are my drug of choice, too. But I have a great roomie who will have no qualms about unplugging the internet and hovering over me making sure I make my word count goal for the day, as well as great writing buddies in my regional group, and on Skype.

Wow...that turned out into a much longer ramble than I was planning on. :S Anyway...I'm doing it. End of story.



Adam said...

Bloody hell, Kaity! You're a busy bunny! :D

Good luck with, well, all of it. ;)


Natasha Fondren said...

I was just reading about motivation. Apparently, we humans are less motivated to do the work when we tell other people our goals, because our brain gets a little chemical reward when we tell other people, whereas if we don't, then our brains withhold the little chemical reward until we actually do it.

Somewhere, in my mind, that seemed relevant. I think I meant to say: to each his own. :-)

But yeah, I am. Every month is NaNo for me. I try to make NaNo a month of writing outside my comfort zone, so I'm really hoping to work on a YA project, but I need to get my butt in gear. I have so much work to do!

Adam said...

I didn't know that about announcing goals. Methinks I'll keep my current wordcount goal quiet, just in case. :D

Best of luck!


Mysti said...

I'm Nano-ing, but doing it my way! I am writing and illustrating a children's book. So there, no Nano sign-up, no distracting forums (which is why I avoid forums these days, too!) and most of all, it's ALL ME. Yep. I'm with you there.

Dolly said...

I know I'll be writing 50K in november, but they are going to be of unexpected kind. More about that later ;) so yeah, I guess I'll be doing NaNo now.

While I loved last year, and I would want to do it every year, I wouldn't do it the same way as last year. But hey, live and learn. I don't care about 50K - I know I can do it. Now I am more focused about writing 50K that doesn't need to be rewritten 6 months later.

Nerine Dorman said...

I did NaNo last year and wrote 30 000 words into a novel I didn't finish. But in the meanwhile I've completed a number of others, one of which I've sold to add to my growing backlist.

Writing is for me an organic process, a reward after I complete editing cycles on manuscripts for other authors. It's a treat.

I remember when I was doing NaNo it wasn't fun anymore. And, since I've already proved to myself I can write up to 2 000 words a day when real life isn't intruding too much, I'm actually quite glad I don't have to add the additional stress of a NaNo deadline.

I guess it's good for folks who aren't already so neck-deep in commercial fiction they don't know if they're Arthur or Martha sometimes.

C R Ward said...

I'll be doing NaNo this year, but I'm not counting on winning. And I'm not just being pessimistic by saying this. I suffer from the NaNo Curse. The only years I've won are the years I didn't have a clue what I was going to write until November 1. This year I came up with my idea early.

Seriously, it's a curse! :-)

Adam said...

Mysti - Ooh, sounds great! A writer AND an illustrator. :D

Dolly - Best of luck with it!

Nerine - Indeed. 2k is easy enough for me too. :-)

CR - You can do it!!! :D


Kathy said...

Good topic!

I did NaNo 2 years in a row. I never finished the task.

I'm not doing it this year. I have a new reporting job and I'm busy writing articles, which I enjoy very much. In fact, I'm beginning to think I'm much better at non-fiction, than fiction.

My plan is to focus on writing projects I've put off for a while. I got very depressed during the time I was unemployed, but now I feel much more enthused about writing.

Adam said...

Glad to hear you're re-enthused, Kathy! :D


Terri Coop said...

I'm taking a crack at it to see if I can blow through a biblical case of writer's block. I may not make it, but every word will be one more than I have right now!


Adam said...

Good luck, Terri! I'm sure it'll help! :-)


Lola Sharp said...

I do well with (have 'won'/completed 50,000+) and enjoy Nano and, yeah, I am doing it again this year.

However, I completely understand and respect your reasons not to Nano. You know yourself... what will and won't work for you.

I do have a lot of friends who like to trawl the forums, but I have never even peeked at them. (I simply don't have time, ESPECIALLY during Nov.) But I'm not a forum kinda girl. (again, because I just don't have time)

Anyway, good luck and may Nov. be an epic writing month for you, sans Nano.

Also, I'm new here (from my friend Jemi's blog). *waves* Nice to 'meet' you. :)


Adam said...

Lovely to meet you, Lola, and I'm glad to hear NaNo works for you. :-)

Best of luck this year!


Jemi Fraser said...

I think I'm skipping nano this year to edit my current wip. But I love nano :)

Kallioppe Onion said...

I'm skipping NaNo too. I half-wrote a good novel from it one year, so it definitely motivated me. But I have too much on in Nov. Maybe in 2011. Don't let anyone/anything dissuade you from your goal. I am currently guilty of getting distracted by travel forums. Hmm travel.

Melanie Hooyenga said...

I agree on the whole not wanting to do something when someone else tells me to, but I transition the brow-beating into a personal thing, so it's ME telling me what to do.

Plus, this is the first time I can actually meet other writers IN PERSON! I'm already planning to attend a couple local write-ins and I get to meet EricaWrites!

Adam said...

Jemi - Have fun with the edits! :D

Kallioppe - Ooh, travel? Where ya off? ;)

MightyHoo - Good luck! Take photies at the meetings! :D