I have taken the option to enter NaNoWriMo 2015 in serious consideration since the year started.
After struggling with sensory overwhelm for most of the last year, I found it difficult to stick to a definite schedule to get my novel drafts complete — and hitting 50,000 words minimum.
My previous novels are still incomplete. Overwhelm often means I will completely disconnect with my characters and their worlds, so I will shut down and wind up being unable to continue the character development writing process.
That doesn’t mean I will surrender, however.
It might take another two years, another four, maybe ten — but I will get there eventually. I will get to complete my novels for good and to indie publish them. It might take some psychotherapy to help with my overwhelm, but it can be done.
So I have many drafts still in progress. Should I still enter NaNoWriMo this year?
I guess NOT. Here’s why:
1. Incomplete drafts pile up
I have collected five novel drafts plus several incomplete short story collections over the years, so if I have to get back to do something creative, it’s my current drafts that I should finish, not start a new one.
2. I will not be home the last week of November to work on my NaNo
I will be in London to see one of my children and I will not be able to work on my novel.
Besides, I want to enjoy that precious time with my child without other things — for how cool and enjoyable — getting in the way.
3. Freelance work committments have priority
I need money, that’s the naked truth.
I need money to help my spiritual children and for my travels abroad, so I cut down other committments unless they are absolutely critical and cannot be postponed.
Also, I’m on the lookout for new clients, so I need to dedicate more time to marketing and less time to creative writing in November and December (that means NaNo would really get in the way this year).
4. I burn out easily this year
In addition to sensory overwhelm, I find myself burning out often and easily of late.
My tolerance to stress has lowered since my last depression in May, so adding more work to my already packed schedule doesn’t sound like a good idea.
5. I have children and robots-to-be
My spiritual children need me and I want to be there for them rather than spending too much time on my own things.
Also, the robots I want to start building in 2017 require that I study hard when I have a bit of free time, so to start a new novel draft would be overkill this year.
6. No ideas on what write about (honestly)
Yes, I wouldn’t know what to write about.
My genre is always Sci-Fi and my stories always include robots, but I haven’t worked on a list of story ideas like the past years, no brainstorming nor anything else, so I would start my NaNo without proper character development prior.
Not really something I’m willing to do.
Are you going to enter NaNoWriMo 2015?
What are your reasons for entering or not entering?