This year’s National Novel Writing Month challenge is nomo at this camp. I could not justify it as a daily grind, because like many writers who are either freelance like me, or who have Real Jobs, the days are spoken for. Last year was my first NaNoWriMo quest. It was fun to sit down for about two hours a night (once dinner was successfully burning) and crank out the words. This year was different, and last night, I quit. I ditched the widget!
Today after putting together a proposal for a nonfiction article, I thought about why. I’m pretty energetic when it comes to getting the job done, so what happened?
Here I am after work today, hugging a baby ceder tree that I netted to protect from the browsing deer.
I could blame the election, which was exhausting (and exciting). But to be honest, it just wasn’t coming together. I really didn’t want to spend every night working on a manuscript that would wind up in a drawer. Others take NoNoWriMo as a disciplinary process to get them to WRITE. But I write all the time. At least for now, when I spend that kind of energy on a project, I want the words to count – not in word-count – but because they count as a story worth reading. Yah, it’s just a first draft, that’s true – but a really bad first draft is not easy to fix. So for me, this year’s challenge is off the agenda.
I’ll still work to market the series (so far only one rejection!), and am happy that at least, I have one solid finished manuscript and did get a good start on #2 and an outline for #3 via NaNoWriMo. But for now, dinner won’t burn, and I’ll do things in the evening like catch up on reading blogs and see what’s cooking on eBay.