Should I Do NaNoWriMo 2012?

There are two writing contests/events that I love. They are NaNoWriMo and The Three Day Novel Contest.

The Three Day Novel Contest happens over labour day weekend. I did it last year and had an awesome experience and learned a ton about how I write and what I am capable of. The plan was to do it again this year but by the time September rolled around I realized I didn’t have an idea that was developed enough to enter the contest. I also had a significant family activity to attended that weekend so I skipped The Three Day Novel Writing Contest this year.

That contest is intense and very difficult. I feel bad about skipping it but I don’t regret it. My family is very important to me.

Now it’s the end of September and I’m struggling to decide what I’m going to do about NaNoWriMo this year. NaNoWriMo is when you write fifty thousand words in one month, for those of you who didn’t know. Last year I wrote book 3 in the Ronos Trilogy and the year before that I wrote Catalyst. NaNoWriMo is an awesome excuse to get some words down on the paper. They don’t have to be the most mind blowing words you have in you but if you get a chunk of story down then you have something you can play with while you revise and rewrite.

But that’s only part of the reason that I feel that I need to do NaNoWriMo this year.

At first I thought there was no way that I was going to be able to participate this year because I would be too busy with school. I need to get good marks and shouldn’t engage in too many activities that take my focus off of school and the many other things in my life like family and church.

But then I realized that I was going to school to be a teacher. If everything goes according to plan I will never have a November that is not busy until I retire. If I start now to slack off in my writing because “I’m too busy” then I will never find time to write.

Now I feel like I need to learn how to do NaNoWriMo while going to school full time or I need to find a new passion.

This is new territory for me. The reason I was able to write the Ronos Trilogy was because I had a huge chunk of time to do it because I only had to go to work a couple times a week. I haven’t successfully written a story while working or going to school full time. But I know that other people have so it can’t be impossible. I just have to figure it out.

November is going to be all kinds of fun, eh?

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4 Responses to Should I Do NaNoWriMo 2012?

  1. Gail Clow says:

    Emily Jamieson mentioned you so here I am, and sincerely hoping to win. I am a retired teacher and have had some short stories and poetry published over the years. Writing is infectious. I get discouraged reading some of the books today….the number of errors in writing, bad structure and grammer, misuse of words, poor spelling etc. drives me up the wall. I have considered being a proofreader for someone because of this. That being said; I hope you have an excellent proofreader for your work and wish you the very best. Gail Clow

    • Yes, there is a lot of bad writing out there. I try my best to not be in that crowd. I had Catalyst professionally edited and did the proof reading myself. I should have paid someone to do that as well because I have found a couple mistakes from my bad proof reading. A couple mistakes is pretty good compared to most of the stuff out there. Do you read Sci-if much? I’d be interested in what you thought about the quality of Catalyst.

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