I proudly ditched NaNoWriMo

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_participant-180I wasn’t proud at first, but I realized this year wasn’t going to work, and I ended the challenge. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month.  It is a challenge that encourages people to write 50,000 words in one month. This year, I didn’t feel it.

November 2016 was supposed to be the writing debut for book two of my dark fantasy trilogy called Elemental Rain.

But even before I started writing, before November even rolled around, there were all sorts of road blocks on this manuscript. Especially where the story was actually going. As the month hit the teens, I was struggling for more of the 24K I already had.

That was when I realized I was just writing in attempt to beat the challenge. And for me, that’s not how to write a novel. Reviewing some of the material I’d already written, I see I was leading one of my main support characters along a very dark path. And I wasn’t sure if it was right for him to be there (because I already have the last chapter of book 3 written) and it wasn’t adding up.

On top of that I had my hands full with two other novels–one in the editing stage, and another inbetween those two stages. And that’s when I realized I was spreading myself too thin. I should be worrying about the other projects that are closer to being finished.

So book two of that Elemental Rain trilogy won’t see a revival until at least March 2017. But I am looking forward to the next NaNoWriMo, and hopefully my schedule will be open for it.

Has anyone else abandoned the challenge, either this year, or in the past?