My NaNoWriMo is a NoNoWriMo


It’s early November first, which means it’s now NaNoWriMo. Since a few months ago, I’ve been keen on participating. I spent some time in October preparing an outline. Then, on the evening of the 31st, I had a change of heart. Or rather, a moment of clarity.

See, I’ve got a whole bunch of projects and writing pieces in various states of half-completion, including

  • A sitcom pilot
  • Two new rap songs
  • A non-fiction improv book
  • A collection of short stories
  • A one man show

I realized that adding the first draft of a novel (providing I even managed to complete NaNoWriMo) to this slush pile of half finished products would be in no way helpful to me. It would just be another case of me following a whim, which ultimately would end up in some folder on my computer.

So I decided in the end, not to join NaNoWriMo – instead I will be doing NoNoWriMo, which is not National Novel Writing Month, but is Not Novel Writing Month. A month dedicated to finishing half-completed projects. Anyone who wants to join NoNoWriMo is welcome to do so.

Another plus of this is that I’ve still got novel prep I can continue to tinker with, and I can use the momentum from completed projects to spur me on into tackling a fiction book and, perhaps most importantly, I can still coast in the slipstream of NaNoWriMo, use the spurring on and sense of bonhomie to help me achieve my goals. NaNoWriMo is dead! Long live NaNoWriMo (or NoNoWriMo).

2017-09-14T08:43:34+00:00November 3 2016|