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It's five days before November, and I've decided to not participate in NaNoWriMo.

Before you feel bad for me, understand that I have good reasons for the decision and I'm happy with it. I'm definitely influenced by my husband's unhappiness about the whole idea (because he realizes the amount of time it would take and he's not happy about me basically being silent for a whole month), but it's only a minor influence: if I wanted to do it, I'd do it, and he would just have to cope.

The main reason is that, well, I don't want to do it. I've written a couple of stories since I got back from holiday in September, but I haven't written all that much, and I haven't been working on any of the languishing long fics that have been sitting around, and last night, I realized why. It's because NaNoWriMo has been lurking on the horizon, and I've felt that with the prospect of doing nothing but that novel for a whole month, I haven't wanted to get myself involved in anything else right now, because I know I'll have to drop it at 12:01 a.m. on November 1. This big project, scheduled for then, has completely stifled me right now. I didn't even work on a Halloween costume this year (last year was two months of happily creating my Fifth Doctor costume), and I wouldn't be surprised if it's partly because of the NanoRhino staring at me.

In a similar vein, I actually don't want to work on the story that I have plotted for NaNoWriMo. I was itching to write it back in July, but I told myself to save it for November, and now I don't want to do it; I have a number of other things that I'd rather be working on.

And therein lies the rub. NaNoWriMo, as far as I know, was intended to encourage people to be creative, to hunker down and imagine and write and tell a story. If it's stifling my creativity, my drive to write, then it's not for me. Everyone's different, and you have to do what's right for you. Maybe I work better when I have a number of different projects open and I'm jumping back and forth between them. Or maybe I'll finally finish that long fic I started last December. Or maybe I'll find myself writing that story I intended for November. Who knows? But I think it's better for me personally to leave my options open.



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Oct. 26th, 2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the right choice for you, indeed! I hear you, NaNo just feels like a lot of stress and a huge commitment for me as well—except I know it still works for me, because it remains the only time I write original and the time I write most during the year. Visibly it has the bad sides for you and not the good sides, so I think you're taking the right decision; it sounds much better than trying stubbornly instead of listening to your gut feeling, and ending up not working on the projects you truly want to be writing and just feeling miserable. Good luck with your next projects! :)
Oct. 26th, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Maybe next time I'll try like you to write something original instead of fanfic. I just haven't felt the urge to do that yet.
Oct. 27th, 2014 07:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, whenever the project feels right! :)
Oct. 26th, 2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you're making the right choice for you. If it's stifling your creativity instead of encouraging it, then it is not for you. All I can say is that I have enjoyed what you've written here!
Oct. 26th, 2014 10:12 pm (UTC)
Why thank you! I'm so glad you've enjoyed my stories!
Oct. 26th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you made the right choice. Honestly, this is exactly why I haven't participated myself the last few years...

Oct. 26th, 2014 10:22 pm (UTC)
I think so! Wish it hadn't taken me so long to realize it, though. :)
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