Why I’m Not Joining NaNoWriMo

No, I’m not joining you. Image credit: wellreadreviews.com

Soon November will be upon us, and what does that mean? Well, it’s National Novel Writing Month. Now, I don’t know how this is ‘national’, since it’s a global event where people are challenged to write a 50,000 word novel in a single month. Start on November 1st, finish by midnight on November 30th. A friend of mine is joining this event.

It’s a crazy challenge, but it’s extremely tempting. If you manage to complete NaNoWriMo, then you get a finished novel ready to edit in December AND eternal bragging rights that you wrote 50,000 words in a month. Something that really boosts your awesomeness as a writer is to have a lot of bragging rights. 🙂 (Okay, just kidding, it’s actually your writing quality that boosts your awesomeness, but bragging rights do help).

But I’m not joining in.

Why not? Since you’re a writer, this is like a great opportunity to get a book finished. Well, here are my reasons:

1. I don’t have time. I’m preoccupied, as always, by assignments. I’m sure I’d be having quite a bit of homework during November, because term break is on December 14, meaning that major assignments would have to start within this month. I don’t have time to write 1668 words every day. I also have other projects, such as Homewritten History

2. My writing quality drops when I write quickly. You may notice that my chapters only come out about once a week, or sometimes once every two weeks. This is because I write slowly. When I’m forced to write when the words aren’t flowing out smoothly, the writing isn’t good. And I don’t want to write a crappy novel.

3. I’m lazy. I admit it, I’m not a hardworking writer. Another reason that I don’t post chapters to Revolution: Rise of Darkness very often is because I’m lazy. I only write when I want to. Writers can’t be forced to write. And here’s the problem: I don’t feel like writing every day; more often than not I’m too lazy. However, NaNoWriMo forces me to write at least 1668 words a day. (OK, you don’t have to, but if you don’t, then that means the next day you’d have to write like more than 3000 words, and that’s a big ask.)

Now that I’ve written my excuses so that I feel better about not joining NaNoWriMo (xD), I’ll go forward with my Chapter 18 procrastination.

-Ken

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