NoNaNo For Me

Waiting politely for a treat

It is the middle of November and that means that many writers are deeply entrenched in NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. I’m not one of them. One of my friends signed up at the end of October and encouraged me to also try it. I seriously thought about it, for about two hours. Then I decided that while I’m intrigued, it’s not the right challenge for me. Here are the reasons why:

  • It’s National NOVEL Writing Month. I write short stories, many times my writing falls into the flash fiction range of 1,000 words or less. Short stories are perfect for my style and attention span, so I have no plans to write a full-length novel anytime soon.
  • I can’t officially win. To be declared a winner of the challenge a participant needs to complete a 50,000 word novel during the month. Short stories do not count as a win, unless they are all connected. I like the idea of a book of connected stories, but not that much.
  • I’m competitive. If I join a challenge I am compelled to complete it, at any cost – including my sanity. As a result I join very few challenges and the ones I do join I figure I can complete. One challenge that I did and actually enjoyed was Story-A-Day in May. I’ll most likely be doing that one again.
  • The possibility of 50+ horribly messy first drafts. Writing flash fiction for NaNoWriMo would very possibly leave me with a mountain of stinky rough drafts. My internal editor is trembling just thinking about that.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo right now – or not?

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Janel from Janel’s Jumble

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