distraction no.99

Nova Ren Suma | On Writing & Writing Distractions

Not an Author Newsletter… something else.

I wish I could do NaNoWriMo again this year. Fact is, my deadline for this first draft is November 15, and I will need every moment up until probably 11:59 of that day to have this ready to be seen by other human beings who are not my poor husband made to read my early drafts because he loves me and knows to be gentle. I don’t even have time to gather feedback from readers as I’d planned… I’m really up against this deadline. So, what that means is of course writing a whole new novel starting November 1 is impossible. And I am sad!

Last year was the first year I took part in NaNoWriMo. Here’s how it ended: 40,607 words, 143 pages. Lotsa words, yes, but I didn’t get a full 50,000, so I didn’t “win.” I also, if you want the truth, have left that draft of the novel in a ditch and haven’t gone back. From writing it, I learned what I want the novel to be about. Which means I will now have to start again from scratch. You might think that makes last November a complete and total waste, but I don’t see it that way. I feel more centered about the project, more excited. I lost some work I did on it when my hard-drive died, but even that hasn’t ruined the project for me. I won’t give up on it. In fact, I would have been writing it this past year if another novel didn’t come to the forefront in a way I couldn’t ignore.

So… who’s doing NaNoWriMo this year? I’m excited for you, and also majorly jealous. I’ll keep my jealousy at bay, though, and cheer you on. 30 days, 50,000 words, you can do it! Anyone, anyone?

(I have no idea why my page on the NaNo site says I am an “official participant” this year. Wishful thinking? Guilt trip? Because I may have logged in to turn off the automated messages for this year, but I did not sign up, I swear!)

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10 responses to “I Wish…”

  1. I mean it, I will do NaNo with you at a later date if you’re interested in the heavy push of the thing. If that matters to you.

    Even if not, I am so excited for you, I know the deadline is all PRESSURE, but whatever happens, you “win” in my book.

  2. I don’t want to take you away from the excitement of starting November 1. The push, and the camaraderie, was the best part of last year… I just don’t know when I’d be able to commit to doing it because, even though I will turn in the first draft 11/15, I do expect editorial revisions.

    So I say: You start November 1! And maybe if you aren’t too exhausted after I can talk you into December 1, or January 1, or something when I know! Or you can cheer me on, as I will you.

    Hmmm, maybe I’ll do November 15-November 30 just to play along.

    You’ll be doing the new novel that’s calling to you right now, yeah? SO EXCITED.

  3. Your Nano account is haunted!

    You might think that makes last November a complete and total waste, but I don’t see it that way.

    I don’t see it that way either. I see it as totally worth it. Every sentence is practically a learning experience so I feel like it would be impossible to walk away from Nano and not get something out of it. I’m also not doing Nano this year but share in your excitement and jealousy of those who are. Rock on, participants!

  4. My Nano account IS haunted! I tried everything I could think of short of contacting support (because I am lazy, really) to turn that off, but I guess am an Official Participant whether I want to be or not. My word count will be 0 words. How pathetic.

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