Why I always give up on NaNo.

November is that wonderful time of year where every writer in the world puts their head down, their brains up, and their fingers on the keyboard to draft a 50,000 word novel. If you attack it correctly, you can create something really magical and wonderful. It’s great for novelists who are new to the game to be able to pump out a first draft instead of sitting on their first manuscript for eight years, and it’s helpful for any novelist to just get something out quickly, especially if they’ve been sitting on an idea for a while. 

But it’s not so great for me. Every year I attempt NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and every year I give up less than a week in. Usually it’s because of a lack of proper planning, running out of ideas and having nowhere to go because I haven’t structured anything. This year, however, I actually did plan a novel. I had everything in order! I plotted it out using several structures! I knew exactly how it’s going to go! But I still survived for only four days before giving up.

The reason this time is, well, time. The 1,667 words take time out of your day, and especially as I have two businesses, a series of books, a fanfiction auction fill, and another fanfic that I’ve been working on all year to complete, I just don’t have the time. My daily goal is a minimum of 500 words for each project, and if I’ve got four projects lined up, as well as crocheting for two-four hours a day, that takes a lot of time and energy. At the moment I’m also studying, and I’m trying to re-edit a book for rerelease. Also I sleep for, like, 10-12 hours a day. It’s just too much for one person!

Anyway the moral of the story is: don’t write, watch ContraPoints on YouTube.

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