Carol Callicotte


To NaNoWriMo or to not NaNoWriMo October 29, 2013

Filed under: Goals,Projects — A French American Life @ 11:41 am
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Should I or shouldn’t I? I’m balking at the idea, I’m excited about the idea. I’ve managed to carve out one evening a week that I dedicate to writing, and it’s been a fabulous evening. I’ve struggled for so long to find this time – two new additions to the family (Thing One and Thing Two), a move from California to Colorado, a new blog, and my fiction has been moved to a far back burner. It’s simmering there, I can smell it, almost taste it, yet I can’t seem to find the time to give it the attention it deserves.

My once a week sessions have focused mainly on revising my YA novel, which I still have high hopes for and am enjoying working on. But there’s this other IDEA that’s been banging around in my head for a few years now, and I haven’t had a chance to open up that IDEA and let it flow onto the page. Could NaNoWriMo be the answer? I’ve never attempted National November Writing Month before, and I think I might be ย crazy to try it now, a few weeks after a move, in addition to caring for my two little ones while my husband puts in lots of extra hours at his new job. Or maybe I should grab the opportunity while I’m feeling motivated to really step up my writing.

I have two days to decide.




7 Responses to “To NaNoWriMo or to not NaNoWriMo”

  1. jkholmes92 Says:

    You can give it a go. The NaNo Gods won’t smite you for not reaching 50,000. In fact, they may send you an imaginary cookie. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. adeptula Says:

    I’ve contemplated this idea too this year, but passed because I’m not ready. I think if you have time and are ready, what’s the worse that can happen? I think the “event” is to just get people to write, and if you win that’s a bonus. On the bright side, it’ll encourage you to write. Good luck on your decision! BTW, I’m working on a YA novel too. ๐Ÿ™‚ How far along are you on yours?

  3. Sonia Lal Says:

    I’ve tried and it’s fun and intense. I liked, it was something I am glad I experienced. But I am not doing it this year.

  4. Glad to hear it was a positive experience for you! Fun and intense sounds like it could work well for me this year.

  5. I’m in a pretty heavy revision – after 12 (yep, 12) drafts, I decided the setting needed to be changed completely. I’m about a 1/3 of the way through this revision, and it’s taking it’s toll. How about you?

  6. I want a real cookie. Glad I won’t be smited! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. adeptula Says:

    I’m the same way. With my short stories, I end up doing like 15 drafts or more. I try to hold off on the editing with the novels and wait until the end. I’m working on a new idea right now, so I’m just in the beginning stages of the novel. When I find uninterrupted time, I plan on hunkering down and getting it done. It’s the revisions that will slow me down tremendously. Lol.

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