Monday, November 1, 2010

No NaNo For Me

For all you NaNoWriMo participants . . . what are you doing reading this?

You're supposed to be writing, not reading. Get back to work. [Insert sound of cracking bull whip here.] Now!

If you're still reading, I'm assuming you are on my side of the NaNo equation. A Non-NaNoer. A November Nobody.

This will always be me.

Why?

Because for me, I can't imagine a worse month for trying to write 50,000 words. Well, yes I can. That month would be December.

I love the concept of NaNo. Imagine getting three-quarters of your first draft done in one month. One month! Is that awesome or what?

But for me, November is just as bad as December. November is the beginning of birthday season in my family. Actually, it begins in October. Add in Thanksgiving and all the stress that goes with that, whether or not it's at your house, and the beginning of THE Holiday Season. All added to the regular daily goings on in the Kilgore household.

Well, you can see that NaNo is just not happening around here, shy of a miracle. Or Live-In Handyman agreeing to take on most of my responsibilities for the full month, including Thanksgiving. Despite all the support he gives me, I haven't yet found the proper motivation for him to do that. But I keep trying :)

So kudos to all you NaNo participants. You have my full support - "Yea! Keep typing. Don't take that break yet - finish the scene."

Come back December 1. The Tiki Hut will be serving coffee and cookies at one end of the bar. Wine, beer, and liquor at the other end, with appropriate munchies. Chocolate everywhere. And yes, chocolate goes with everything and anything.

Now . . . Get Back To Work!

I mean it.

37 comments:

Gretchen said...

Same with me. November is way too busy. I tried Nanowrimo one year and realized it. Cold, snowed in February is another whole story.

Gail said...

I just wish I could write!

Mason Canyon said...

I'll stand with you on the sidelines and cheer the others on. Now can we taste test that chocolate before NaNo ends? Have a great Monday.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Jenny said...

No NaNo for me, either. But I'm still going to try be productive.

Hope you enjoy your birthday season!

Jan Morrison said...

November isn't any busier for me than any other month although it is the start of birthday madness around here too. I am nano-ing but in my own rebellious way. And I've done my quota for today already by 9:30! yeehaw! I think we should push for a February nano though it is two days shorter! I'm up for it! I'd like a InFeReMo that is International February Revising Month!
Jan Morrison

Joanne said...

If you'd like, you can join me as an official NaNo Cheerleader :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Gretchen - February would be perfect!

Gail - Give it a go.

Mason - Maybe we'll have a surprise NaNoChoDay :)

Jenny - Good for you. More progress on revisions is my goal.

Jan - Good for you! We're three for February so far. Makes much more sense.

Carol Kilgore said...

Joanne - Sign me up!

Linda Kage said...

No NaNo for me neither. For some reason, seeing the word NaNo always makes me think of that song that goes something like, "Have you no bananas today?" Can't remember the real lyrics.

Lydia Kang said...

You no Nano, I no Nano...
Ha ha!
I'm with ya, girl.

Carol Kilgore said...

Linda - Is that song 'Yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today'? Those are the only words I remember.

Lydia - No NaNos R Us :)

Terry Odell said...

Never been a NaNo. I've got too much of my own writing to do, and the 'write straight through' system doesn't work for me.

Terry
Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

Colette said...

I do agree that November is a bad month for a project like writing a book, nevertheless I'm going forward!

Stephen Tremp said...

I'll be frequenting the Tiki Hut for chocolate, a few glasses of wine, more chocolate and such. Oh, coffee too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, and I'll be at 'the other end' of the bar come December 1!

VR Barkowski said...

I still have edits to complete, so I'm starting NaNo the second week but still attempting the 50k. Yeah I'm crazy, but my eyes are on the prize: the Tiki Hut December 1st. :)

Patti Lacy said...

Carol, LOVE being bloggites!!!
So PROUD of you for your commitment!!

I'm doing the same thing, only spurred on by an 11/15 deadline, when my life will expand to include things not in the writing cave (which of course are chocolate and COFFEE!!!)

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I haven’t tried NaNo for exactly the same reason – it’s in November. Of course, knowing me, if it happened in another month I’d probably find another excuse:)I, too, admire of all those who do accept the challenge.

notesfromnadir said...

Carol,
I think NaNo is a great idea but it can't work for everybody. If you have a lot of other things going on, as in your case it seems like the Holiday Season begins in the fall, then you get to be creative in finding time to write.

Am very much looking forward to your Tiki Hut next month so I can stock up on some chocolate! :)

Elspeth Antonelli said...

I'm trying it. Yes, I'm nuts, but pressure is good for me. I need the pressure of a deadline to drag my fingers onto the keyboard. I realize I have issues. I'll deal with them in December.

Arlee Bird said...

I don't know who ever thought of doing NaNo in November, but on the other hand I guess one could find excuses for any month. Blogging less this year theoretically should give me more time and take away a lot of stress. Now if I could only start writing.
Let me check another blog first, then I'll start.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Sheila Deeth said...

Our local writers' group does a mini NaNo in a mini-month, February.

Carol Kilgore said...

Terry - I'm a never-been-a-NaNo, too.

Colette - Good for you! I'm going forward with revisions.

Stephen - Cool. I'll stock up!

Alex - I'll see you there :)

VR - Always a reward for effort.

Carol Kilgore said...

Patti - You're almost done. Hang in there!

Jane - Boy, I admire them, too.

Lisa - I have to be creative all year long finding time to write.

Elspeth - Go for it. Stop by for fortification to deal with those issues on December 1 :)

Arlee - I wonder if there's a month for procrastination? Maybe next month? LOL!

Sheila - That sounds like winner.

Holly Ruggiero said...

I know! I totally agree I always wondered by November was chosen. Why not January or March?

Conda V. Douglas said...

Carol, I'm doing NaNo for a couple of reasons. Last time I did it, I wrote over 12,000 words and finished my w.i.p. This year has been insane and I have a book throbbing to be released so...NANO! I figure however much I get written--it's all good.

Helen Ginger said...

NaNo not for me. If I could go somewhere and write in solitude for a month, I could do it. Doesn't work when I'm here at the house because there are too many distractions like folks expecting to eat.

Carol Kilgore said...

Conda - Get after it, Conda! Maybe you'll surpass your previous 12,000. Check back in December and let us know.

Helen - Exactly my point. One of these days, I'm going on a writer retreat. And I'll probably clam up and not write one word - LOL.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I hear you! I'm always way too busy in November and when I write I'm trying to finish a book I've already started, let alone try to work on a new one. ;)

Angela said...

November is the gloomiest month in Germany, weatherwise and with all those sad holidays (repentence day, day of the dead), so it SHOULD be a good day to write. But 50 000 words? I`d prefer to write 5000 well-thought-of ones. Quality does not happen in mass production, does it?
Happy November anyway!

Clarissa Draper said...

I'm in NaNo but you're right, November is a horrible month. I wish they did it during a summer month or February. Maybe they should do it three times a year and then we could choose our month.

CD

Carol Kilgore said...

Kathi - The timing of starting a new manuscript has never been right for me, either.

Angela - Quality words usually do take time. That said, my first drafts are always gnarly because of the push to just get it down. I sweat over the words later. Here's a good thought for November: it's my birthday month!

Clarissa - Good for you - write a lot. I vote for February.

Hart Johnson said...

Yeah, I can only do it because I have a wife. Well... functionally, I mean. Hubby and I have always had reversed rolls--he is the homemaker, I am the breadwinner. I only have to do dinner once a week (he has a Tuesday night class) and my only real home chore is laundry--sure, it's 3 hours or so on the weekend, but then it's done... so I let him know I'm going under and I spend the month neglecting my family more than normal.

Also helps I have a ton of accumulated vacation time and my boss is supportive of my writing--I took a long weekend to tie up and then jump start... will also take the 19th (though that is more about harry potter midnight movie coinciding with Thing 2s birthday) and an extra day or two for thanksgiving, which I am not required to do ANYTHING (except set the table) for.

So I hear you. I am just very thankful for my role, as I despise cooking and shopping...

Talli Roland said...

November's not a great month for me, either... but I do wish everyone doing it the best of luck! : )

Carol Kilgore said...

Hart - One of my critique partners says every writer needs a wife. Unfortunately I have only a husband and two large, energetic male dogs. Sigh. I wish you well :)

Talli - So do I!

Claudia said...

Hi Carol,
I'm with you on this one. I really admire and support all those writers who are participating in NaNowriMo. Autumn is a busy season for me so I can't commit to such huge project :(
Maybe next year.
Cheers!

Carol Kilgore said...

Hi Claudia - At least you have hope for next year. I can't even imagine at this point.