So the other week, I was labouring over whether to Nano or not, and I’ve made a decision.
This year, I will not be nano-ing.
It was a hard decision to make. Anyone who knows me, or even reads here will know that I do love to write. It’s pretty much my favourite thing. And writing with friends, is even more fun. The Adelaide Nano group has a fantastic chat room during November, and it’s quite an inspiring way to write. (I may just pop in there from time to time next month anyway. They don’t mind that. :))
I still really want to do it. Part of it is major FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), but also, like I said in my previous post, I’ve got an idea. Since having my idea, it has evolved into so much more. It’s almost, dare I say it, a plot line, and every few days something new pops into my head and I can’t wait to see what comes next. My plan now is to write it over Christmas. I’m disciplined enough that I don’t need a special month to do it. I’ll be sad I don’t have the fancy word counter to play with, but I’m sure there’s a similar app somewhere.
I’ll also miss out on lots of blog fodder, but you get that. 😉
My decision not to participate this year is two-fold:
One. Like I said last week, I’ve got a really busy few weeks ahead of me. This week I’m not even sure how I’ll get any IBOT reading done to be honest; every minute feels filled in before it’s even happened. The majority of said busy-ness is set to end on the 30th of October, so right in time for November. But… I have a family. And I like my family. And I don’t want to jump from one set of consuming circumstances into another. The story, can — and will — wait.
Two. I need to finish the draft I’m working on. I’m not the sort of person who can have a lot of projects up in the air at once. I’m a starter and a finisher. (Although having said that, between TAFE and blogging, and personal writing, I’m doing better at juggling than I thought I could!)
More than that, I want to be disciplined. I’ve read lots of people say they never touched their Nano Manuscripts after November, and I don’t want to be one of those people. (No offence to anyone intended.) I’ve written that story for a reason, and the same reason exists now just as much as it did last year. The only difference is the quality is much improved.
There’s still a way to go though, and I don’t want to get consumed with something new just yet. Not when I’m about 5 chapters off finishing this draft.
After I wrote that post, I decided I was definitely joining in, and I went on to the Nano Website to plan my next novel. I was determined that it could be done, but I didn’t stop to ask if it should be done. The fear of missing out on all the fun was all-consuming. It would be like not going to a blogging convention, but the convention goes for a month, and I don’t have a novel at the end of it.
Then this appeared on Facebook the other day, and sealed my decision.
I don’t need to join in so that I don’t miss out. I need to do what I know is important now. And that’s focus on my family, my studies, and the second draft of a first book. The first draft of a second one can wait. I can wait.
So no, I’m not doing Nanowrimo this year. And that’s ok.
Do you suffer from FOMO?
How do you deal with it?
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