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Why I will never participate in NaNoWriMo.

Right now thousands of writers are preparing to begin the annual National Novel Writing Month project on November 1st.

The annual month-long writing event, better known as NaNoWriMo, challenges authors to write 50,000 words by the end of the month.  This contest is quite popular and has helped launch careers of some authors as they ended up publishing the novel they wrote during NaNoWriMo.

img_1056NaNoWriMo promotes discipline, dedication, and perseverance to the craft of writing as authors must maintain a daily word count of 1,667 words a day for 30 days in order to complete 50,000 words by December 1st.

Although the idea of the project is fantastic, its timing isn’t. And it has nothing to do with it being football season . . . although that argument can reasonably be made.

No, the reason I am opposed to NaNoWriMo is because of the distraction it creates during the most cherished and anticipated holiday of the year for my family and me.

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of sharing, caring, gratefulness, and family bonding, and I look forward to it every year. The distraction of NaNoWriMo pulling me away from precious time with my family is not a compromise I am willing to make.

img_1055If you want to participate in National Novel Writing Month but, like me, you don’t want the most wonderful time of the year to pass you by while you’re staring at a computer screen, then I have a solution for you.

Enter JunoWrimo. No, it’s not a month set aside to write your novel in Alaska’s capital, Juneau, it’s National Novel Writing Month in June. And what better time to be spending in doors in air conditioning (and away from direct sunlight) than during the hot month of June?

So go ahead, write that novel in June and spend more of November sipping hot lattes by a fire, eating pie, playing in piles of leaves, and making memories with family and friends. You won’t regret it.


7 thoughts on “Why I will never participate in NaNoWriMo.”

  1. That may work, Alexis, but I personally consider Thanksgiving to be more of a season than just a day. The time and preparation leading up to the holiday, then the weekend that follows is all one big celebration. It’s much more than a single day for me so having to make accommodations for it while my heart is elsewhere will not work.

    And the stress that comes with NaNoWriMo (I imagine there’s some degree of stress) is the last thing I want to experience at such a joyous time.

    Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t the same for everyone, so user experience may vary. 😉


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