I’m going against the grain!
I am not doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I haven’t participated in quite a few years, despite my ardent support of the movement. I’m cheering all my friends who are doing NaNo this year–W at Loud Solitude, Susan at ReadingWritingLiving, Nova at distraction No. 99, itsy at Finding the Words, Elizabeth at Fluent, and sci fi fanatic (and I’m sorry if I forgot to list you–I think nearly everyone I know who has an aspiration to write a novel is doing NaNo this year!)
That’s a lot of cheering on my part, but many of them have passed the short story word count mark and are hitting novella territory (at 1,667 words a day to hit the month’s 50,000 word mark…many of them will hit 10,000 words today to stay “on track”). That deserves a cheer!
I’m on the sidelines, and I’m happy with that fact. NaNoWriMo just doesn’t work for me. The last time I participated, I ended up emerging from NaNoWriMo on a months-long writer’s block. It’s apparently not my process, at least not for now. Bleah. I cringe at the memory of writer’s block.
Plus, there is just something beautiful about November, at least to me, that keeps my eyes from being glued to the laptop. I’m doing some writing but not 1,667 words a day everyday–in fact, I’m doing a lot less writing than last month, when I was furiously working on my thesis revision. I turned my thesis in to my reader last week. (yay!) I am having such a TERRIFIC time writing my thesis–I loooove my thesis director now and my reader is a fantastic writer and teacher, too. Switching my thesis over to a collection of short stories from my novel is possibly the best thing I’ve done for myself as a writer in a long time.
Now, I want a bit of a break, just a few days to make some pumpkin cookies, bake a pumpkin pie, adore the changing the landscape. I’m taking some time to digest, read other manuscripts, work on my novella, ferment ideas. I’ve decided to do some reading of literary works.
So you are welcome to take sanctuary from NaNoWriMo here. I will not be giving you daily word counts–if you’re doing NaNoWriMo and having a bad day, you can just hang out without the fear that I’ll be announcing my daily word count to you. Or if you’re not participating in NaNoWriMo, then we can be Non-NaNoWriMo buddies together.