Why I'm not doing NaNoWriMo
October 19, 2010Why am I not doing NaNoWriMo this year?
The short answer: I'm doing Personal Thesis Writing Month. Unfortunately, PoTheWriMo just sounds... wrong.
The long answer: It doesn't serve my goals.
I've got somewhere around 30,000 words (more than half of NaNo's goal) featuring two characters I really enjoy. I do not have more than half (or even a third, given my genre's trend towards 90k wordcount novels) of a novel, and I know the difference.
NaNoWriMo does a lot of things really well for a lot of people, and that's great. I don't have anything against the project; it definitely serves to get a lot of people past the hump of not writing. For me, turning out a novel in 30 days would leave me with a lot of words and exhausted burnout. That's not a goal that would be useful for me; I couldn't keep up that pace.
I got to see Tobias Buckell again over the weekend. He taught "The Building Blocks of a Novel" at my local library. He reminded me that a hundred thousand word novel is only 500 words each business day. Two pages a day. No weekends or holidays.
Sure, I'd heard that before, but at this point I know I have the skill to do two pages (or more) a day, just during lunch breaks.
And that would still leave evenings for my thesis. Score!