NaNoWriMo Did Not Go

On October 26, 2011 I set my intentions, goals, and sights high. I threw my hat over the fence, embraced ‘Crazy Donloree‘ and decided to plunge head first into NaNoWriMo.

Possibly an odd strain of the Ebola virus?

It might as well have been for how epic it was. The goal seemed simple, write thirty essays that are 5 to 6 pages in length each day of November and wah-lah, draft one of your book is complete.

I came up with topics, created a framework, started writing, and then proceeded to hate every, single, solitary moment of it.

I loathed it.

You know that furrowed, squinty, ‘I think I am going to die‘ look you have when a migraine puts you out and you’re on day three of the pain?

I was making this look every single day.

This is NOT a good look.

Writing is who I am and how I was made to filter the world. Metaphor, hyperbole, characterization, and adjectives are some of my best friends, so it seemed like a no brainer. I wrote, journaled, and blogged during the month of November, but NaNoWriMo was not touched; not even with a ten foot pole.

One day I will write a book and share my story, but it cannot be rushed or slapped together in a month. I want to inspire, take people where they are afraid to take themselves, and show them what is possible. My heart’s desire is to bridge the chasm of the impossible for people; such a bridge cannot be drafted in a mere 30 days.

The goal was draft one of a book, but what I accomplished was learning how to be me, even when it seemed not like me at all.

Have you ever set a goal only to find out that you don’t WANT to accomplish it?

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  1. Writing is art. You can’t force art, only culture it. For art to be art, it must be organic, not manufactured. The living organism of art has it’s own non-human clock.

    That’s my excuse for not writing my book, and I’m stickin’ with it…

  2. I hear ya! NaNo is the worst! I’m a serious writer also – I tried NaNo five years ago and I’ll never do it again. You just can’t force art.

  3. I think the idea is great in theory, but it would be very hard to end up with a quality product. I’m a journalist and I would love to write a book one day, but I would never ever want to do it in only a month. I write monthly features for a magainze which are between 6000 and 10,000 words, and that’s on top of my regular day-to-day reporting. Those features feel like my babies, so I would never want to rush the birth of my big one!

  4. I like the way you say voila 😉

  5. No NaNoWriMo this year and maybe never. I didn’t finish since my computer died somewhere in the middle of it! Hah! But I honestly want to finish my 50,000 words. I found that I really enjoyed it when I could just write away. It was very freeing and fun. I would never try to write a “real” book in a month like that but it was a great challenge! Whenever you DO write your book, I’ll be looking very forward to reading it!! 🙂

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