I have wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo for many years. I even actually started, once, five years ago, but life interfered. Between health issues, financial issues, and my teaching career, November has never been the month to launch into a 50,000 word rough draft.
What I love about NaNoWriMo
- I love the opportunity it provides to focus intensely on writing a work of fiction. “Look, I made a commitment,” translates to “Yes! I get to spend every day in the month of November crafting fiction!”
- I love how it establishes an overall goal that can be broken into segments to be completed over the full thirty days of November.
- I love that participants get to emerge in December with a hefty chunk of work completed.
Why I’m Not Participating in NaNoWriMo
I know many people manage to work full-time and complete NaNoWriMo; however, between health issues and my job, I know it would not be wise to push myself to do so.
Also, I have been engaged in the process of doing a major revision on a novel. The revisions are now done. However, because I truly am a more effective reviser when I do it, pencil on manuscript page, I am now slogging through entering all the changes. I want to be done; I need to be done (because I stopped in the middle of drafting two other novels to do the revision, and I am eager to get back to them.
My Solution? NaNoTyPo
- I have counted up how many pages of revisions still need to be entered.
- I have counted up both weekdays and weekends remaining in November.
- I have assigned a page count of revisions entered for the remaining days of the month.
Twirl three times on your toes.
Here she goooooes!
I have my very own writing related, segmented, limited time for completion challenge.
And when I’m done? My revised novel can go back on submission, and I can finish writing those other two drafts. (And will I ever, in the future draft two new novels at the same time? Not if memory and sanity remain with me.)
How About You?
Are you feeling just a little bit left out because NaNoWriMo wasn’t in the cards for you this year?
What kind of November challenge can you devise for yourself that will bring satisfaction. I’d love to hear about it. Maybe it will inspire some of us in setting a unique November 2017 challenge for ourselves.
Or maybe, just maybe…November 2017 will be my month to NaNoWriMo!