Now don't freak out.
But, yes. I decided to bow out of National Novel Writing Month.
Why? Well, I have my set of "excuses" (if you want to call them that). But, in reality, I just wasn't attached to my idea enough to continue with it. It wasn't me.
And to be honest, I don't think I'm ready to dive into a novel. And plus, I want to have a lot of faith in the book before I jump into it. I know that NaNoWriMo is supposed to be a time where you don't think about those things. Where you dive in without thought and just get that book done. But, that wasn't quite something I wanted to do.
I know I'll have next year. And maybe I'll do it. Maybe I won't.
Here's what bothers me about NaNoWriMo, though.
I have a comparison that came to me when I googled "is nanowrimo a good idea." And after reading a blog post from an editor who talked about the actual process of writing. And the time it takes. And the double amount of work that ends up happening as a result of NaNoWriMo (don't worry, I read this well AFTER I had made my decision). And I asked myself again, "Do I love this idea...do I love what I have written enough...to devote myself completely to?"
Again I thought....no.
So, I decided to not go with it this year. I do have other projects I want to focus on - several short stories I want to work on. I have articles I want to write and try and get published. No, it isn't as glamorous as a book, but I have more faith in the ideas I am working on than the idea I had before.
I have a new blogging opportunity that I am focusing on! YAY! My launch-post will be posted today, so please come by and say "Hi!" It will be great to see some familiar faces over there.
Go to: http://www.off-the-deep-end.net/.
So, good luck to my NaNo peeps...I'm trying not to feel too guilty, and maybe one day, I will regret it. Maybe I won't. Maybe I will look back on those 5,000 words I have written so far and wish I had continued with it. And maybe I will just know myself well enough to know that if I didn't stick with it, it isn't because I'm not a bad writer. It is just because I haven't found the one yet.
Like I said, I told you this post probably won't inspire you.
Until next time, my writing friends. Make sure you come over to the blog "Off The Deep End" and check out my latest blog post. I will be writing book reviews with a different sort of twist. So, I hope you will enjoy.
Editor's Note: Oddly enough, the first draft of this post was a lot more cynical. A few days later I went back and deleted some content so I didn't come across as a total downer to people actually enjoying their time at NaNoWriMo. :) Happy Writing Everyone!