NaNoWriMo,  On Writing

NaNoWriMo 2015? Five reasons I might not enter

NaNoWriMo Day 8: Seclusion
by mpclemens (cc)

I have taken the option to enter NaNoWriMo 2015 in serious consideration since the year started.

After struggling with mental health for most of the last year, I found it difficult to stick to a definite schedule to get my novel drafts complete — and hitting 50,000 words minimum.

My previous novels are still incomplete. Mental illness often means I will completely disconnect with my characters and their worlds, so I will shut down and wind up being unable to continue the character development writing process.

That doesn’t mean I will surrender, however.

It might take another two years, another four, maybe ten — but I will get there eventually. I will get to complete my novels for good and to indie publish them. It might take some psychotherapy to help with my issues, but it can be done.

So I have many drafts still in progress. Should I still enter NaNoWriMo this year?

I guess NOT. Here’s why:

1. Incomplete drafts pile up

I have collected five novel drafts plus several incomplete short story collections over the years, so if I have to get back to do something creative, it’s my current drafts that I should finish, not start a new one.

2. I will not be home the last week of November to work on my NaNo

I will be elsewhere to see a relative and I will not be able to work on my novel.

Besides, I want to enjoy my time there without other things — for how cool and enjoyable — occupying my mind.

3. Work has priority

Well, it’s work.

It pays the bills.

Need I say anything else?

4. I burnout easily this year

In addition to other mental health issues, I find myself constantly on the verge of burnout of late.

Stress levels are still high, so adding more work to my already packed schedule doesn’t sound like a good idea.

5. No ideas on what write about (honestly)

Yes, I wouldn’t know what to write about.

My genre is always Sci-Fi and my stories always include robots, but I haven’t worked on a list of story ideas like the past years, no brainstorming nor anything else, so I would start my NaNo without proper prior character development.

Not really something I’m willing to do.

To anyone who’s entering NaNoWriMo 2015, GOOD LUCK!

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