You heard it here first, folks. I’m officially a NaNoWriMo quitter. A few weeks ago I listed a few reasons that I’d be trying NaNoWriMo for the first time this year, and about a week into the journey I started to realize it might not be the platform for me after all.
Turns out I was right. I’m not a fan of NaNoWriMo at all.
Before I get into why I quit and won’t be back, I don’t think NaNoWriMo is all negative. It’s a great reminder to start the writing project you’ve had in mind forever or finish the one you already have started. And it’s certainly a lesson in consistency and dedication. Even though I won’t be participating next year, I know seeing all the NaNo posts will remind me to get back to the keyboard.
Why I Quit
I touched on the main reason I decided to stop NaNoWriMo in my Week 1 Update – I’d rather write a clean 50,000 words slowly than a sloppy 50,000 words in a month. Unless you have writing superpowers rivaled only by the greats, then there’s no way you’re writing a good 1,700 words every day. At a certain point (aka day 2) you’re sweating just trying to hit your word count for the day, never mind rereading what you’ve written every few paragraphs or keeping an eye on your sentence structure and grammar.
For some people pounding out a quick novel and then spending three times as much effort on editing it is the way to go – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that – but it’s not my style at all. I’d rather do some light editing as I go and only have to do one major round of editing once the book is done.
And on a completely different note, November is one of the least convenient months – second only to December – to have to sit down and write nonstop. It’s the start of the busy season at most jobs, the time of year when all the holiday mayhem starts, and when there are SO. MANY. things to do.