Why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo

A lot of people have been talking about the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I know a few people who are participating. A good friend said we should do it together, which I thought about for all of five seconds. My main reason for not doing it is that I write at a glacial pace. Or maybe I should clarify that because I actually do write in short bursts, often in the wee hours of the morning, but there’s a big lag time between them. (I know, I know, I should be writing every day.) I have a demanding job, a husband who works insane hours, and an active three and a half year old. There just aren’t enough hours in the day and I do need to sleep sometimes. Trying to write a whole novel (and a new one at that) in a month would put me over the edge.

But, I’ve decided this is a good time to put the focus on my writing and finally get some work done on the sequel, which has been languishing due to the above mentioned items as well as my efforts to market the first book. A great marketing tool would be to finish the sequel, right? I finally finished a new chapter this week.  It was fun. I’d almost forgotten how much fun it was to write something new and introduce some new characters. My goal is to write two more chapters this month and figure out a few more plot points to get me where I need to go. A far cry from a whole novel, but it’s realistic for me and I’ll be pleased if I can accomplish these things.

So to all the NaNoWriMo participants, happy writing and good luck! I’ll be writing along with you. Just at my own pace.

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About Cindy Young-Turner

Hippie chick who is still hoping to change the world someday. Author of the fantasy novel, Thief of Hope.
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2 Responses to Why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo

  1. Nancy M. Griffis says:

    good for you! and yay new characters! they are fun, aren’t they? :o)

  2. Yes, it was fun to create some new characters. I liked them so much I decided not to kill any of them off right away. 🙂

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