like pulling teeth

Let me tell you about my mistake. I chose to write an important novel for NaNo. I’ve never done this before; I have always come up with a completely separate, NaNo-perfect idea that isn’t too deep, isn’t too difficult. As a result, NaNo has been fun, I’ve enjoyed it, and writing hasn’t felt like pulling teeth. This month, however, I decided to write Acceso – which is important, heavy, and not something I want to hate by the end of the month. So, I regret to announce that I have decided to quit NaNo this year. This book is too important to me to throw together in a slapdash manner, and too important for me to loathe by the time November is up.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIX YEARS, I AM GIVING UP ON NANOWRIMO.

This pains me. I have wrestled with this decision for several days, and I have to grind my teeth and admit that this means Kyla will probably win (next year, Fournier). Am I shelving Acceso? No. I’m going to continue to write it, and I’m going to feel free to love it at the pace it needs. I’m not going to force mediocrity into it; it doesn’t deserve that. As for the rest of you NaNoers – you can do this. I’m rooting for you.

HOWEVER…

I am busy writing elsewhere! The indomitable Sky has created a new blog project called The Fangirl Initiative, which means on Wednesdays and Saturdays, I recap (humorously, but helpfully) the latest episodes of Agents of SHIELD and The 100. Check it out, follow, comment, and share – it’s going to be fun, I promise!

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16 thoughts on “like pulling teeth

  1. Aw, sorry to hear that! :( But… you know… you //could// restart NaNo and write up an addition in the Paper series or a sequel Disconnect. ;) But whatever your writing plans are, I support you. <3

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  2. i both fully support and deeply regret your decision to quit NaNo. i still expect beta rights though. ok? i am at the point where NaNo has eaten my soul and sucked me dry. i do intend to continue working on my novel; but, like you at my own pace, slower hopefully going deeper.
    -Sylrae Quicksilver

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  3. I definitely understand why you can’t finish Nano—I’ve come to realize that if I do Nano then I get left with a bunch of first drafts and something I’d be embarrassed to edit. So, in a way, I applaud you for making the decision to make a choice that’s best for your novel. Also, the Fangirl Initiative looks awesome. Just saying.

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  4. This makes me sad and happy at the same time. I’ve been thinking about Acceso lately and I didn’t want it to have the NaNo quality, but I’m happy that you decided to put your book first ^^ (just keep writing it a lot because I need Acceso okay. You can’t leave me hanging again or I will haunt you.)

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  5. I think your decision is just as admirable as if you’d forced your way through NaNoWriMo. Some novels deserve more than a month, and not all progress can be measured by a word count. Clearly, you aren’t quitting on your story- you’re just giving it the treatment is truly deserves. So bravo for that, and good luck with the rest of your writing, this month and all those ahead! :)

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  6. You know what, my friend? I’m glad you’re quitting NaNo this year. That you realize this story deserves more than a month’s frenzied attention and time and that you could have potentially zapped your love of it by attempting to finish it during NaNo.
    You’ve got this novel, girl. It’ll get done sooner than you think.

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  7. I think it’s amazing what you’re doing. Instead of being pressured by a challenge, you’re giving your novel what it needs. You’re respected Acceso. And that’s a brave and admirable thing to do. You never cease to amaze me, Mirri. <3

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