Thinking About NaNoWriMo 2015? 6 Reasons Why I Might Not Enter (And You?)

August 31, 2015 | 8:52 am | Journal: NaNoWriMo, on writing |    4 comments

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.

Your Turn

Are you going to enter NaNoWriMo 2015?

What are your reasons for entering or not entering?


Aresha, my unsuccessful NaNoWriMo for 2011

December 9, 2011 | 7:21 pm | Journal: fanfiction, NaNoWriMo, updates |    3 comments

This year my NaNoWriMo was not successful. Less than 20,000. I can’t complain, since the attempt gave me a new story to work on in my free time, but the fact I wasn’t able to work constantly left me with a sense of frustration in my chest.

The novel title is Aresha. I didn’t feel like updating this blog for the duration of the challenge – and I don’t wish to spoil the plot here anyway, but I can report what I wrote in my NaNoWriMo profile:

A 9-year old girl from another planet, Aresha, retained mentally-ill and confined into a hospital for life, finds herself lost on Earth for a weird destiny’s trick. The contact with a completely different species and culture, on which she only had a superficial knowledge, will open a breach in her lonely heart while her family tries to ‘save’ her from unknown dangers.

The novel was written entirely in Italian this time and, when I finish it, I don’t plan to publish it in English, unless I opt for self-publication. You understand that, in the former case, it’d be up to the Italian publisher to choose whether to allow an English version or not.

In other news, I gave one of my imaginary daughters – Asha ( – a new pair of ZENNI eyeglasses for her 16th birthday. Asha is a Cardassian teenager (see StarTrek Wikia for a definition of ‘Cardassian’ – an alien species in Star Trek, to use a few words) appeared in one episode of Star Trek DS9, Cardassians, in which she’s an orphan girl found on Bajor after the Occupation ended. In my fanfictional family, Optimus Primal and I chose to adopt this girl because nobody cared about her. I had her need eyeglasses only because I fell in love with ZENNI designs and I wanted one of my family characters wear them.

More writing-related updates coming before Christmas.


Personal goal

November 30, 2010 | 7:53 am | Journal: NaNoWriMo, updates |    8 comments

I woke up earlier just to write more, and bring my NaNoWriMo to 31,000 words before its deadline. :) No winning, no goodies. Just so much satisfaction, and 50+ pages a draft to work on in the next days. As the Japanese say: Gambatte!

EDIT:// I had meant to reach 31k, but I didn’t make it. I arrived very close to that though, and it was still a victory. :D

NaNo is going to get my hands to type a novel again, next year. I hope there will be less life issues this time.

P.S. I wrote a post about NaNo non-winners HERE. It’s in Italian, but I’m going to add an English version soon, perhaps on this site.


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