Wednesday, November 2, 2011

No Nanowrimo for Me

I admit I was tempted to join the thousands involved in National Novel Writing Month -- nanowrimo -- but I just couldn't find the time.

I know for some that sounds like a lame excuse. And perhaps it is. But I've been so busy the past few weeks (I know that shouldn't matter) and the next couple of weeks are busy as well.

I like challenges and nanowrimo is certainly a challenge -- a goal of writing a novel of 50,000 words over the course of 30 days.

But sometimes we have too many things going on to really commit to something like nanowrimo. I do write every day in my job. I'm also involved with the Kentucky Book Fair as marketing chair and that will keep me busy until Nov. 12, the day of the big event at the Frankfort Convention Center (from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. if you're interested).

I also have a work in progress that has been stalled because of my busy schedule and other things. I truly don't have an hour to spare each day to write. And I doubt if I could produce enough words spending only 60 minutes a day at the keyboard.

I do plan to take part in nanowrimo one of these years; maybe even in 2012. That's my goal, at the moment, if things aren't haywire at the time. Only time will tell.

So to those who made that commitment to nanowrimo, I wish you all success and may your words find a home inside a book.

Until the next time...


  1. I had the same dilemma - to add to my already heavy load and take on NaNoWriMo (even though I'd enjoy the challenge) or accept that this year, the timing is just not right. I came to the same conclusion you did and although I'm disappointed to be missing out, we have to be honest when we're already overloaded!

  2. I'm there with you. I've done NaNo (successfully) since 2006, but this year, with edits for my upcoming Spring 2012 release and an unfinished WIP that needs to be finished before the book I would have written for NaNo, I just don't have room on my plate. Plus, I'm probably going to have a couple of teeth pulled in a few weeks, so it's more about using this November to take care of what's on the front burners.

    Maybe next year we'll both be NaNoveling our way through November.