Failing NaNo

failing nanoI hadn’t really planned on doing NaNo this year.

I love the idea, and I’m the kind of person who works well under a deadline. Having the goal and the time limit in which to complete it really helps propel me. I haven’t always completed it, but I’ve come close or competed at least one of the goals I set out for myself.

This year, though, I knew November was going to be a tough month. I have multiple commitments scheduled for every weekend, plus my various “day jobs,” including but not limited to my work at Splickety and babysitting four extra kids three mornings a week.

I still wanted to participate, but I didn’t have a story plot in mind, and I didn’t really have a lot of motivation, so I was going back and forth on whether or not to do it at all.

Then, I talked with a friend and started plotstorming and articulating the half-baked idea I had swirling around amid all the other mush up inside my head, and I really liked what started to come together. There’s a story here I can be passionate about, something I can really get into and make into a really fascinating story.

Except, November has fallen out more or less as I predicted. All the busyness I knew I had planned has been as bad as I thought it would be and worse. And more things keep getting added to my plate. As soon as I think I’ve got something under control, something else comes up and makes things that much harder, complications including but not limited to a dear friend moving, being sick, and having ants invade my house again.

And so, sadly, NaNo has necessarily taken a back seat to all the other necessary and urgent things on my to-do list. I’m so far behind at this point there’s no possible way I can catch up and make the goal. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to write (when I can), but it does mean I’m not going to feel guilty about giving up on the NaNo goal while I juggle everything else.

About Avily Jerome

Avily Jerome is a writer and the editor of Havok Magazine. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, both print and digital. She has judged several writing contests and is a writing conference teacher and presenter. She writes speculative fiction, her ideas ranging from almost-real-world action/adventures to epic fantasies to supernatural thrillers.

4 comments on “Failing NaNo

  1. Yeah, that happened to me a couple of years. It’s good to know your priorities and to be unashamed about following them. Sometimes, NaNoWriMo has to take a back seat, and that’s okay!

  2. Don’t think of it as a fail. Think of it as investing your time elsewhere. You are right to not feel guilty about it. You know where your priorities are.

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