Smell Ya Later, NaNoWriMo

I made the official call. I’m not going to “win” NaNoWriMo this year.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I think it’s a great thing, this writing a novel in a month thing. I did it last year and that novel releases in February.

Please, please, please plan on buying this book? PLEASE!!! I'm begging you.
Please, please, please plan on buying this book? PLEASE!!! I’m begging you.

But, for this new project, the time frame wasn’t right. This new novel is a little more needy. It deserves my focus and attention to detail.


I need to spend a lot of time researching for this novel. I can’t cut corners or look things up later. They need to be correct.

And I’m enjoying the research a great deal.

I also want to cultivate the characters in a more intimate way. Not rushing them. Had I planned a little more on the front end of this autumn, I would have been ready to write them. But I didn’t have the time.

I do now, though.

And I intend to make good use of my time.

So. I didn’t get my 50,000 words in. No biggie. I got 25,000. And some of them are good. A few of them are keepers. My character has a voice that I like. The antagonist is slimy, but sympathetic.

And I’m happy I had a little nudge from the NaNoWriMo program.

But, for this year, I say farewell to National Novel Writing Month. Maybe next year.

Have you ever started a project that you didn’t finish in the time you expected? Have you ever had to quit something? Did you feel badly or relieved? I’d love to hear from you! 

2 Comments on “Smell Ya Later, NaNoWriMo

  1. I think this is a healthy mindset. We have families and they need to eat, and have clean underwear and stuff. Also I love the holidays and I don’t want it ruined by this weird deadline. BUT I will say that I have been writing a lot more even a little every day and that is better then ever. That whole 50,000 words thing doesn’t work for me, it paralyzes me, but a little nudge to do something every day that has helped.


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