Monday, November 30, 2009


NANO was a big fat bust for me this year. And it's really no surprise. I wasn't committed. Oh sure, I wanted to have the 50,000 short contemporary completed by today but I really didn't want to eat, breath and sleep my story. Not when I have a dozen other things that are important and have to get done this month. Like a university course I'm taking that requires assignments and a major term project.

So, why did I half-heartedly decide that I was going to do NANO-lite? Committing to half the words should've been a clue in itself that I wasn't feeling the joy. Why did I feel I had to participate in something that is so opposite of the way I write? I'm a slow and steady kind of girl.

The worse thing is that I got frustrated with myself and just stopped writing all together. What's up with that?

Anyway, that was then. This is now.

Back to the writing every day. Critique meetings start up next week so that should get me back on track.


Cat Schield said...

Sometimes I think we get sucked into what we think we should do versus what we really want to do. Nano was an eye opener for me, but it was my first time. I've passed on doing it 3 other years because I didn't think I could commit the time. And I had to stand on the sidelines and watch people pound out a book in a month. It bummed me out that I couldn't do it, but I knew my time/energy limitations.

If you know what works for you stick with it. Slow and steady won the race for the turtle.

Anne MacFarlane said...

Cat, for some reason I seem to be always looking for the magic. After this many years, I KNOW there isn't a short cut for me. I see others writing up a storm and I think I can do it, too.

Cat Schield said...

I think we're all looking for the magic. Something to make what we do easier. I think it depends on how you write. I never blow through a first draft, but I've heard lots of people say that's the way they write. Usually I write, edit, write some more, etc.

NaNo was different for me. I wrote that first draft straight through without rereading anything. And strangely enough, I have no sense of what I wrote. Should be interesting to go back and read it in a couple months.

Annette Gallant said...

I was the same way last year. I wanted to commit to NaNo, but my heart wasn't in it so I barely made it over 10K. I think some years are like that, especially when writing the NaNo way isn't your typical style. As it is, this year I only wrote 20K. Once I found myself writing just for the sake of the word count, and not the story, I stalled out.