no NaNoWriMo for me

In the month of November I began writing my next novel in earnest. I’m happy to say that I have 550 words down! They’re the hard ones, of course. The first ones. And I’ve struggled with them, changed them, rearranged them, deleted them. As one does.

This is not a blistering pace, but I am finding my way (and if my experience this time is anything like it was with Obelus, I don’t even know what that way is yet).

But 500 words in about half a month is still minuscule. I understand the participants in NaNoWriMo average 1,667 words each day, with the goal of 50,000 words in the month. I’m not going to qualify for that.

I’ve written about NaNoWriMo here before, and it’s not been favorable. Over the years, my thoughts have mellowed. It’s not for me, but if it works for another, then good for them.

Update 27DEC20 – The writing of this new novel I mention has come to a halt. I think it’s a good story that I can tell in a clever way, but it’s leaving me cold, at least for now. Perhaps I’ll come back to it some day. I had really hoped it would become my next great projects, the way Obelus consumed most of this year, but that’s not proving to be the case.

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3 Comments on “no NaNoWriMo for me”


  1. I’m much like you with NaNoWriMo. I think it’s neat for those into it, but the only times I’ve ever done any kind of writing challenge is a week-long thing a writer I like does. It’s 1000 words a day for a week (and another that’s two weeks).

    That’s often a thing I can do with planning, but I find when I have a chunk of where I’m going set, I am good for getting some words down for a week or so and then I work on them before moving on.

    Most people I know who do NaNoWriMo feel bad that they aren’t able to keep up the momentum, or…they admit that they end up with a draft that is so hard to manage by the end.

    Even when I do the short challenges/write-alongs I mentioned, if I don’t hit the word counts, I don’t care. It fortunately works with my process of short sprints and then shaping what goes down and moving on when things are together and make sense without flying apart.

  2. Pete Says:

    Wheatyard was a NaNoWriMo novel. Though, admittedly, it took me two Novembers to finish the first draft, and never reached 50,000 words. I did NaNo for five years, but never made it to that word count. The effort got me Wheatyard, two novels that I haven’t touched since the first draft, and a couple of decent short stories. I think NaNo is good for young writers just starting out, but once you’ve developed your writing routine it’s really no longer useful.


  3. My own private Nano is writing and/or researching for 2 h every day. I don’t always hit 2 h, but it’s never less than 1. So I’m pleased.


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