Reversing lights on: backing out of the NaNoWriMo space
The last three days have taught me ten things:
- I am not superhuman.
- I do not have the stamina of twenty years ago.
- My family needs me.
- Writing haiku calms me; writing novels under pressure is too stressful.
- The shortest time I’ve managed so far for writing a novel is three months, meaning anything I turned out in one month would be substandard, which would bother me as I’m a perfectionist.
- Writing under stress gives me indigestion and insomnia.
- I am not Hermione Granger, so cannot cast a spell for being in two places at once (i.e. cooking the evening meal while trying to reach my daily word-count on the computer).
- I love writing fantasy novels and am not committed to the idea of changing direction.
- I’ve already written four perfectly reasonable novels, but am being a coward about sending them off and risking rejection.
- I am not too proud to admit defeat.
So, thank you, all my dear blogging friends who’ve wished me all the best, and, hopefully, you’re not too disappointed in my decision. The plus side of this is that, today, adollyciousirony will have a haiku contribution from me for this week http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/11/03/for-the-love-of-haiku-9-abandoned-garden/
And to close, would anyone be interested in joining me on a gentler novel-writing quest at the beginning of 2013, which could be called Novel Writing Winter (NWW)? This would involve penning the first draft of a novel between January 1st and March 20th, giving everyone plenty of time to plan and research in advance. I’ll post something about this again after Christmas.