I’m a quitter.
After ten days of participating in NaNoWriMo, I’ve officially quit. It’s not that I don’t want to write, or that I couldn’t, given more motivation, write 50,000 words in a month, it’s that I don’t want to write under such a time crunch.
I’ve been discussing NaNoWriMo with a friend of mine, who was also participating, and we’ve decided it’s just not right for us. She has her own reasons, which are slightly different from mine. I’ve quit because I have other priorities right now.
First of all, I’ve been working really hard to keep this blog consistently updated with delightfully bookish content, especially over the past few months. For me to keep going at my current pace, I can’t dedicate as much time to writing as I do to reading. Having a successful blog is something I’ve tried my hand at in the past, and I feel like I’m finally making headway in tone, quality and content, so I’m reluctant to put Watch This Space Too! to the side.
Not only do I want to keep my blog up-to-date, but I’m also focused on starting my career. Writing cover letters and preparing for interviews takes a lot of energy and time (and, arguably, creativity), and it’s hard to focus on applying for jobs with an unfinished novel tugging at your sleeves. I’ll get to you soon, I promise! Go watch TV.
The main reason I fell behind writing my novel is a social one. As you may have picked up, I completed a Master’s degree in Publishing, which saw me living in Oxford, England for almost two years. One of the most challenging aspects of completing my degree was returning to the States. I’ve spent the past year reconnecting with friends, and my hard work seems to have paid off this month, with invitations to social events! Writing is always enhanced by experience, and I’m not going to turn down a friend to stay in and write.
Maybe I’m not a “real” writer if I’ve put other priorities in front of my novel. Maybe I’ve got my priorities all mixed up, who can really say. The truth is, there may come a time when finishing my first novel is the top priority in my life, but it’s not going to be this November. And if you’ve also decided to be a quitter, no worries! You’ll receive no disappointed glances from me. But I’m interested to know, have you also quit NaNoWriMo already?