My Anti-NaNoWriMo


It’s that time of year again. Starting yesterday, thousands started pounding keys toward their 50K word goal for NaNoWriMo. This year, I am doing things a little differently. I’m doing an Anti-NaNoWriMo. (I thought about calling it a NonNaNoWriMo, or UnNaNoWriMo, but settled on Anti-NaNoWriMo).

I have done NaNoWriMo before, but I have never made it to 50,000 words in November. November is NOT a good month for me. Ever. I have done 64,000 words in a Camp NaNoWriMo April, but never 50K in November.

The reason is simple: November is often overwhelmed and massively inconvenient for me to attempt writing that many words.

This November is no different:

  • My family of two will become a family of three.
  • I have to work about twice as hard at my day job to cover being away for approximately a month when the baby arrives.
  • I have people in my life who need my support right now.
  • Winter is coming O.o

I mentioned in my New Years Goals Post for 2016 that I would not do NaNoWriMo. I am going to hold to that, despite the itch I get to participate with all my friends.

So why am I calling it an Anti-NaNoWriMo?

The reason I am calling it Anti-NaNoWriMo is because I am not going to write. Not at all. I am going to give myself no expectation of writing. I will unconditionally forgive myself for not writing at this time.

I may have to do work on the comic–that is something that comes with having something that is an active, ongoing publication. But I will not set out to write a thousand words a day in script.

November 2016 will be for me. For my family. For my well-being. For my reading (total permission to read instead of writing!).


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