Yes folks, it’s that time of year again with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) just around the corner, hiding in November. And the age-old question rears its head once more. Do I or don’t I?
Last year for the first time I registered and actually started NaNo, but I was soon dispirited by the number of people posting that they’d written 30,000 words by day 3.
Now, for those that aren’t aware, the spirit and original idea behind NaNo was to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. For as long as that was the idea, I was happy to go along with it. I mean, 1,667 words every day for 30 days is do-able, isn’t it? And 50,000 words is long enough for a short romance or a long novella.
But I don’t think it was started to encourage some people to write the biggest pile of crap in the shortest possible time, and nor are we supposed to start before the challenge begins, although I’m sure many do.
It’s just not playing the game.
Last year I was very quickly put off by this fierce competition that didn’t even embrace the essence of NaNo. I did manage 15,000 words but I still felt inadequate.
Yesterday we discussed this among The Seriously Serious Scribes on Facebook and one friend said that she does NaNo, but she doesn’t log onto the website or the forum. She just disciplines herself to do that.
So should I give that a go instead and become a closet NaNo-er?
I don’t work weekends unless I’m on a deadline, and these days my weekends are more precious and fully-filled than ever. So my other quandary is, if I DO decide to NaNo I won’t do the 1,667 words a day for 30 days. Instead I’d do around 2,300 words for every working day in November.
This could be more work than I need, but I do slot in time to write one of the novels anyway. If I do become a closet NaNo-er (and not actually tell anyone I’m doing it), I could apply it to Catch the Rainbow and just increase my daily word count.
It is nice to get a badge, though …
What would you do?