Despite this Post, Fall is My Favorite Time of Year

So this little thing called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is coming up, where folks attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel in November. I hate NaNoWriMo, yet I always sign up for it (I cannot boast of a single “win” after several years of participating, I’m afraid). Part of its appeal is the community that comes together to root for each other–but I hate people, so this has never been a big draw for me. Also, I swear the community is overwhelmingly female teenagers writing fanfic, and sometimes I feel a little creepy just browsing the forums. Many participants start a hopeful blog in October to document their little adventure, only to find that keeping up with the novel is hard enough, much less blogging at the same time, and the blogs inevitably dry up after two or three posts. It’s a bit sad, really. And nobody reads anymore anyway, so why are we bothering?

I don’t know. I guess we’re just a little crazy. If nothing else, NaNoWriMo acts as a handy goalpost for me. I had wanted to finish the second draft of my fantasy novel by the end of the month so I could start something fresh for NaNoWriMo. Of course, I’m also a wearied engineering student, as I’m not foolhardy enough to assume the whole professional novelist thing will pan out. I’m not saying I’m giving up, but the necessary mental energy is at a premium these days. So, any writing I can get done is a victory of sorts.

Minor novel update: while the second draft is delayed, I did manage to write some additional back-story that will appear as snippets in the chapter headings. Huzzah!

One Response to “Despite this Post, Fall is My Favorite Time of Year”

  1. joetheshmoe says:

    Yay for minor novel update! And dude, you are like the best writer I know IRL :-D

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