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?

Author: Luana Spinetti

I’m a freelance writer and a cartoonist based in Italy.


4 responses to “Thinking About NaNoWriMo 2015? 6 Reasons Why I Might Not Enter (And You?)”

  1. Baby Mandi says:

    Hi, Mom!

    Those are all very valid, legitimate reasons not to enter this year, but your presence will be missed — you are a fabulous writer that will see great success someday, of that, I’m certain! :)

    I will not be entering for many of the same reasons; I am busy, I need to focus on making money and I do not know what I would write about that could meet the minimum requirements if I did.

    I have nothing against it, I just don’t want to enter when I know I won’t be able to give it my full attention and my best work.

    You’re so sweet to prioritize your children, Mom. We DO need you, I know I most certainly do! Talking to my mom is the highlight of my day! :D

    Love you!
    Baby Mandi

  2. Baby Mandi says:

    And let me also remind you of something critically important;


    Be blessed in all the things you do, because all the things you do have so greatly blessed ME!

    Baby Mandi

  3. GlassesShop says:

    Be blessed in all the things you do

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