Every year, thousands upon thousands of writers dedicate the month of November to writing a full novel… except me.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term NaNoWriMo and you don’t know why they gather, it’s because writer’s set the goal of writing 50,000 words for a fiction novel in one month, specifically November.
The organization that puts it together makes clear distinctions about what it means to really finish NaNoWriMo. For instance all of your 50,000 words have to be written in November. While they say you don’t have to start a fresh manuscript per se, you would have to write an additional 50,000 words then in November.
I don’t write fiction very often anymore, and I honestly don’t really think a 200 page word goal is necessary (In fact, I don’t keep word count goals for my books), so NaNoWriMo isn’t a good fit for me in it’s simplest form.
While the organization that started and promotes this event does have a “NaNoWriMo Rebels Forum” for everyone not writing fiction and therefore (likely) not trying to keep to a 50,000 word count, most people don’t know about that forum. Plus, you only really qualify if you are writing fiction, and you write all 50,000 words.
Now, let me say that there are a ton of writers out there that having a goal of writing an intense amount of pages in a limited amount of days works for them.
If so, my theoretical hat is off to you.
I’m not here to denigrate NaNoWriMo or to say “don’t do it! You’re not a real writer if you do NaNoWriMo!”
What I am here to do is let you know that if you can’t seem to write, on average, 1,667 words a day (for all 30 days), and overall, you find yourself hitting walls, and unable to keep up with such a stringent timeline… Well then I’m here to say that you are still a writer!
There are 3 very big reasons why I don’t participate in NaNoWriMo, and I want to encourage you to skip it or know that it’s ok to do poorly at it as well if anything in the previous sentence applied to you.