The NaNo (In)Decision

So for those of you who don’t know NaNoWriMo is happening next month. NaNoWriMo – or National Novel Writing Month – is an event where writers attempt to pen 50,000 words in 30 days. An entire novel written – beginning, middle, end, full-formed characters, details, and worlds all – in one month, no cheats, no thinking, people just write to write. It is fun and intense and very soon. Or so I’ve been told. I’ve known a few people who’ve lived through it and told the tale of craziness. I’ve wanted to try it out for a few years now and last year I was getting really serious but then I wasn’t able to do it because of a prior vacation. So I swore I’d do it ‘next year’, as in 2012, as in this upcoming November which starts in less than 20 days.

But, as fate would have it, I’m actually going on vacation again in the beginning of next month. Because of this shindig, I’d miss nine – NINE – whole days of writing (which calculates into roughly 15,000 words that I would be behind in the daily chart of craziness I devised). I am planning on bringing a notebook but, let’s face it, even if I did write in the notebook daily and even if I did manage to write 1,666+ words per day I’d still have to take a day (or two) to transcribe all those words onto the computer and still write enough words to make quota for those particular days as well. (Did that make sense? I feel like I’m rambling today, but it might be because I’m sick and, so, not up to my usual par. Regardless…)

Why, oh cruel world, are you against me? I jest, of course. I’m looking forward to this little vacation of mine but it’s just bad luck that it clashes with the NaNoWriMo event.
So now I’m faced with a decision.

Should I or shouldn’t I?

I wanted to take this opportunity to really go out of my comfort zone, to write something I’m not usually writing, to possibly jump into the sub-categories of fantasy and sci-fi I haven’t yet explored and see what I pull out of my hat. (I have never, for example, tried my hand at historical fantasy, steampunk, apocalyptic , magic realism, superhero, dark fantasy or romance. Heck I could even use this time to work on the novella series I wanted to write. Or write some Literature instead.) I wanted to try something different. I wanted to try this NaNo craziness out.

But do I have enough time to do this? Will I be able to write enough to complete this goal? Will I be able to make up for the ‘lost days’? Will I be able to juggle everything?
I haven’t the slightest idea.

So I ask you, oh great blogosphere, what would you do?

Warm regards,


7 thoughts on “The NaNo (In)Decision

  1. I say do it, and not just because I’m crazy and do nano every month, but because you can totally do this. In all likelihood, you would miss nine days of writing in the course of the month anyway, due to all sorts of other reasons. If you can set aside a day or two to rock out 5,000 plus, you’re as good as caught up. And really, even if you try and only make it to 35,000… It’s still 35,000 words that never existed together before.

    So my 2¢ advice is: choose a genre you want to try, a story you don’t particularly worry if it turns out good or not, and then just write as much and as fast as you can for the days you can, and try to not even think about it during vacation, so you come back rested and ready to take on an imaginary world.

    • Thanks for the comment! I’m leaning more towards just doing it, for the heck of doing it, because I can, at least, try. And you’re right, even if I only get up to 35,000 words, that’s still 35,000 words.

      I will choose a crazy genre – like biopunk or something – and see if it turns out okay. I’ll be a ton of fun (intense, I’m sure too) but an adventure nonetheless.

      You do nano every month? What do you write about?

      • Oh good, a crazy genre always is fun. My NaNoWriMo username is wrightwrongs if you want a writing buddy.

        And yeah, I’ve been doing a year of NaNo just because it seemed like an insane idea, and I just cannot resist an insane idea. Next month I’ll write two, so the challenge will be just a much for me as it is for all the other NaNo participants.

        As for what I write? It’s always a good question. I’ve done a few books in a series of vampire novels, two in another series I’ve been kicking around, retold a few fairy tales, one novel made entirely of blogs, one failed (but 50,000 word) attempt at high fantasy, and this month I’m working on a ghost story. I like to sit down and just write and see what happens, and the less I care from the beginning, the easier it is to get the words in.

      • Awesome, I’ll keep you in mind when I sign up!

        Wow, that sounds very intense, but a good challenge though, it’ll get you writing daily at least.

        That’s cool – your writings seems so varied. I think that will be the hardest thing, actually, to write without worrying about it, without carrying about how it turns out. That would be difficult for me.

  2. You don’t have to spend a day transcribing! Nanowrimo is about writing for the sake of it! You don’t have to register or do any of that crazy stuff, as long as you know in your heart that you wrote 50,000 words. So come on! Let’s delve into insanity together!

    • Hmm, true, it is “just” about writing 50,000 words. (By the way, the ‘just’ felt off when I typed it, haha.) But isn’t half the fun registering though? Chatting to people on the forums, figuring out word count, getting the ‘you did it’ certificate after you submit the completed work? And, I think I shall do this insanity, plume the depths of my imagination and see what the heck I can come up with.

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