Alright, alright, I’ll confess that NaNo fever hits me too, especially when the season coincides with a WIP. I’ll also admit the NaNo hashtags, NaNo buddies, NaNo word count graphics are sparkly. Very sparkly.
But, during the writing of three and a third books, I’ve learned a few things about myself.
1. I’m more turtle than rabbit. A book takes me a solid year, give or take, start to final revision. You might catch me doing an occasional Twitter word sprint some evening, but I can’t do that for hours at a time, day after day. And while technology allows my fingers to put words down on a page pretty fast, my brain is still a turtle when it comes to generating the words.
2. My inner editor is a tyrannical bitch. She can’t help it. Even though I know scenes, chapters, characters might not survive a final edit, I shine whatever I’ve brought to the page to a lustrous glow before moving on. Yep, I toss out some of the prettiest word-garbage in town. I should probably do NaNo just to piss off my inner-editor, but the drama…I just…no.
3. I don’t like sharing my work until it’s as good as I can make it. That doesn’t mean it’s as good as it can be – it means I’ve reached the point of turning it over to CPs and betas who will help me see what’s not working and how to fix it.
Instead of NaNo, I might try this.
It’s a little bit NaNo, a little bit Flash Fiction. Is anyone else hearing The Osmonds in their brains? Sorry. Also, a friend of mine who’s part of the REUTS team is twisting my arm… AND this might just be the best part, even if I sign up, I have options. Participate every week. Participate some weeks. Don’t participate at all. Perfect for the commitment-phobe.
Click on the badge to find out more.
Who knows? I might come away with an idea for a full-fledged book. I’m not one of those writers who has a bajillion plot bunnies stashed away in a metaphorical hutch, screaming for their turn to be transformed into a ms.
Also, November 1 marks the opening of CriTiki Lounge! I’m so excited!!!
If any of you are writers, please swing by and join the fun. There’ll be a new Fire-Eater each Friday night. His or her pitch will be showcased, along with the suggestions made by that week’s Lounge Lizard. We want audience participation. When it comes to pitch-polishing, the more the merrier. That’s what “comments” are for, right?
If you’re a writer with a pitch to polish, don’t be shy! We’ll be announcing December genres and themes VERY SOON. Also, there “might” be a Big Kahuna in the Lounge some time during the holiday season. How’s that for incentive, eh?
Rhiann, it’s like you wrote this post for me… I’m also saying no to nano for all the reasons you listed. But Reuts, hmmm, that looks interesting. Thanks.
Yay, a kindred turtle-spirit! So glad you stopped by, maybe we’ll “see” each other at ProjectREUTSway 🙂
I feel the same way about Nano. It scares me and makes me anxious. I’ll have to check out the other project you posted, I’m intrigued (being a bit of a commitment-phobe and all). Yay for CriTiki!!!
Yes, do check it out and let me know if you decide to do it. And of course we’d love you to swing by CriTiki whenever you can to help out the Fire-Eaters.
When it comes to NaNo, there’s a chorus in an old Irish drinking song that always springs to my mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRhd7rB-jaQ
Nice post/sound reasons. 🙂
Haha, I’m tempted to invent some analogy that involves “binge-writing” but it’s way too early and I haven’t had enough coffee yet.