No No NaNo
Hello Blisse readers,
It’s good to be back. Today I’m going to talk about NaNoWriMo. I’m sure everyone who follows a book blog knows that is short for National Novel Writing Month, and this month right here is it. NaNoWriMo and the feverish hype around it, much of which is generated by participants or would-be participants, drives an enthusiasm for writing and creativity toward a boiling cauldron of words, some good, some bad, some horrible.
I don’t like NaNoWriMo, but I want to talk about why that is without making others lose hope, especially those approaching it for the first time. The one thing I do love about it is that people who don’t write get swept up in the enthusiasm and get motivated to do it. But for someone like me who writes year round anyway, it’s not so important. I write at a set pace (very slowly), and while the camaraderie of NaNo is nice, I don’t really care about it. I’m a NaNo curmudgeon. I’ve done it three times now and succeeded twice. Of those two times, I found myself with fifty thousand words I could do nothing with, which led me to poking at them for a few years before finally determining them DOA. There are so many factors that affect the ability to create. If I’m worried, angry, guilty, with someone else in the room, hungry, etc., I can’t write. For me, the pressure of cranking out words and losing control, watching your story veer off from something well planned into something irretrievable is one of those things, so I don’t do it.
Others go on to complete their NaNo projects. A few people publish them. I know my limitations, and NaNo is just an excuse to frustrate them. This year instead of NaNo, I’ve signed on for every anti-NaNo project I can find. Ironically, my word count is currently above what it would be if I were on a NaNo schedule. Writing should be fun, and while some people find that with NaNo, this year I’m getting it from knowing that in one of my groups prizes are given for the best excuse in not writing.
Everyone who wants to write should. I don’t want my experiences to prevent anyone from trying it, though. Even if you write something only for yourself, at least you’ve done it. I feel that way about my two winning results. Were I to expose them to other eyes, their insufficiencies would be revealed, but for me, I’ve told those stories, and I’m satisfied to have told them. But now I remain in my way of creating stories that works best for me, slow and steady.
Bio: Ryan Loveless’ next release is “The Forgotten Man,” a gay historical holiday novella from Dreamspinner Press, which features an older Joshua Pascal from “Jean-Paul”, her story in DSP’s “Uniform Appeal” anthology. It will be available on December 21. She invites you to read one of her books that is available now, listed here. Watch for her week-long behind the scenes blog at novelspot.com the week of November 28.
Also, how about a giveaway? One lucky commenter gets his or her choice of any e-book from my back catalog. But you have to tell me why you’re picking the one you are. I’ll be back in about a week to pick a winner, so you’ve got time to think it over. Please put your email in the comments or make sure Victoria has a way to contact you. If you win and we can’t find you, we’ll move onto someone else.
Thanks for having me again, Victoria!
It’s always a pleasure yo host you Ryan! Just hijacking the end of your post to remind my readers that today you could win a copy of Tasty Italian by joining in the TRR YES! Party. All you need to do is scroll down to the questions, find mine and then answer it!