Why I won’t do NaNoWriMo ever again.

As you may have known, I took part in July’s NaNoWriMo event, which is much like the November event, with some relaxed guidelines. I did well. I wrote over 50k words on Teatime of the Living Dead, and got it about 80% finished.

Then I never wrote again…

Staring at a blank page is so boring.

Staring at a blank page is so boring.

Okay, that’s being a bit dramatic. How about:

Then I fell off the face of the Earth…

Still dramatic.

I got burn out. That’s what I did. Trying to handle that kind of writing load on top of other responsibilities was too much. I did it, and I don’t regret the experience. It was fun to be grouped with a bunch of other authors and work on a project I was very excited about. Then it was a chore. Then it was writer’s block inducing. Then I was just relieved it was over.

Then I stopped writing and blogging for almost three months. Not exactly the effect I was going for. When I did start writing again, it wasn’t the project I was expecting to write. I love Teatime, and hope to finish it soon. I also have a couple re-writes to do on two other books. So what did I write?

A book for young children. That’s a very different genre for me, though I have written one before. A co-worker of mine is going to have a baby. I made her a stuffed rabbit for baby moonbeam, and it ended up very cute. Crushed light brown velvet body, and blue fun fur ears and top of head. It’s adorable.

At the costume shop, we were working on a play about an artist. I kept thinking about bunnies and art, and this is what happened:

Leonardo Da Bunni.  Leonardo Da Bunni is what happened.

Leonardo Da Bunni. Leonardo Da Bunni is what happened.

Now, Leonardo Da Bunni is going through the proof stage, and should be released mid-month. I’m very excited about it, so excited that I made my first book trailer. Not only will it make my friend at work squee, but I’m really pleased with the final outcome.

I’m glad to get back to writing. I will never do NaNoWriMo again. At least, I don’t think so. We’ll see how I feel next July, but I will never do the November event, not while that’s such a busy time at my day job. I think it’s a wonderful event which ended up being not for me. I encourage my fellow writer’s to try it out, at least once. Without it, and the subsequent break from writing, I might not have been inspired to write Leonardo Da Bunni, and I really love Leo.

Leonardo Da Bunni is coming out later this month, and you can check for release date, etc., at leonardodabunni.com

About JulianneQJohnson

I am a writer in Indiana who lives with two cats, two ferrets, and one fiance. I enjoy cheap coffee and expensive chocolate.
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6 Responses to Why I won’t do NaNoWriMo ever again.

  1. edesorban says:

    Leo is adorable! What a wonderful project. Wish you much success Julianne!

  2. Denise says:

    It must work for some people but not others… to me the danger is sometimes you need time to reflect to stop yourself from going down the wrong path… on the other hand, it’s a balancing act, a deadline is definitely good. For some reason, a short story often becomes “clear” only in the last day before I submit it for a competition!

    sorry to hear you had a bad time of it and glad it worked out with Bunni.

    • In the beginning it was awesome, but I missed having time to stare at walls and really guide the story. I don’t regret it at all, it was an interesting experience. But I don’t think I’ll make a habit of it.

  3. Amy Reese says:

    Leonardo looks so sweet! Good for you. I’m with you, I will probably never do NaNo again, but for some people, it works for them. I, too, went through a burn out stage, and the stuff I wrote wasn’t very good either.

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