Friday, October 21, 2005


The madness descends on us once again. The smell of scorched pencils and stale fear fills the air as Doomsday looms like thunderheads sweeping across the plains. Darkness falls and the shrieks of the damned fill the humid air. Yes, it's time once again for NaNoWriMo, the annual rite of Autumn insanity.

I don't NaNo. Never have. Might in the future, but not right now. I just don't need the stress. I'm sure it would be fun. At first. Then, as I lagged further and further behind, fun would become work, then work would become worry and worry would become stress. After about two weeks, I would be a nervous wreck and beating myself with a cudgel night and day for being such a LOSER!!!.

So no NaNo, just Wri. Wonder if I can get ham on that?



At 8:29 PM, Blogger Ronn said...

In my three NaNo attempts, I've only been successful once. That was a great feeling to know I'd written 50k in a month. The other two times were, well, they were more like what you describe. I'll just say that failing was disheartening and more than a little discouraging.

At 12:58 AM, Blogger Joel said...

"...I would be a nervous wreck..."

But there'll be plenty of folks to sympathize with.

At 1:07 AM, Blogger Mama Rose said...

I successfully completed NaNo once. I wrote 52K. It was fun. I doubt I'll do it again. Writing fast with no looking back doesn't work well for me. I'm glad I did it and I learned a lot from it, though.

BTW--back in September, you did a little "homework assignment" and I didn't have time to do it then. I thought it was an interesting set of questions, so I did it today. Here's a link, if you're still interested in people's blogging habits:


At 3:17 PM, Blogger Melly said...

I'm going to try it for the first time this year although I doubt I'll finish it. I feel I need the boost, and hey, it can't hurt to try - can it?

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Debra Young said...

"So no NaNo, just Wri. Wonder if I can get ham on that?"

Cute, Carter. Tres cute! d:)

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Jean said...

NaNo isn't for everyone. For me, it works fairly well, although I think I've gone into it each time thinking I might be too busy as work. So far, I've been able to make NaNo work for me, though.

Writing without looking back is my preferred style, though. Revision is a real bear--probably because of that. :)

At 7:28 PM, Blogger Carter said...

Ronn, that's exactly why I'm not going to try. At least not yet. I don't need the grief.

Joel, misery does love company, doesn't it?

Linda, I just can't write that fast at all yet. Maybe never. I'll try to get by and read your post a little later. Distractions'R'Us.

Melly, for some of us, failure does hurt. A lot. I have not yet learned to drop it and move on. One day...

Thanks, Debra. ;-)

Jean, I thought you liked bears?

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Melly said...

Well, that's honest.
I didn't look at it this way. I look at it more as fun than challenge.
But as for failure - I still haven't recovered from the latest rejection... :(

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Carter said...

Yeah, rejection is tough, but at least I can blame that on other people. For personal failings, I can only kick myself. Ouch!

At 7:02 PM, Blogger Jean said...

"Jean, I thought you liked bears?"

I do! That must be why I keep writing that way. ;)


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