1. Published on Amazon? If you have a book, e-book, or audiobook available on Amazon.com, we'll promote it on WritingForums.org for free. Simply add your book to our Member Publications section. Add your book here or read the full announcement.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
  1. malaupp

    malaupp Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2016
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    29

    Burned Out on NaNo

    Discussion in 'NaNoWriMo' started by malaupp, Mar 4, 2017.

    Probably the greatest hurdle of my writing so far was actually finishing a book. Usually I would start all full of hope and good intentions, and then the lull would hit in the middle. And some other awesome idea would pop into my head and I abandoned that manuscript to begin another. Which would then be abandoned for another. And so on and so forth.

    When I first found out about NaNo (or rather, the July camp) it sounded perfect. And it worked. I finally finished a manuscript. And then another in November. And another in April. Then wrote a giant chunk out of an epic medieval drama in July. Then wrote another one the next November. I've never not "won" NaNo, and I've set goals as high as 75k.

    But this last November, it just felt like a chore to meet the goal. I found myself actually dragging my feet to do my writing for the day and being so preoccupied. And at the end, when I finally got around to editing the four complete manuscripts, I found a slew of extra words. The word "actually" and "really" was always popping up. I ended up editing out hundreds of words. I was so caught up in the word count, it started mattering more than the story.

    I'm forever grateful for NaNo, finally helping me to regularly complete the drafts I begin. But I think I have to pull back for a bit. I need to edit and actually send out queries to agents. I want to take my time and remind myself of what I love about writing.

    Is there anyone else that struggles with being burned out on NaNo? Have you ever avoided doing it?
     
  2. Arcadeus

    Arcadeus Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2016
    Messages:
    216
    Likes Received:
    126
    I switch to poetry for a while.

    Congratulations on your past NaNo progresses!
     
  3. KhalieLa

    KhalieLa It's not a lie, it's fiction. Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2015
    Messages:
    705
    Likes Received:
    431
    Location:
    United States
    I'm a NaNo Rebel, so burnout isn't an issue for me. I use the month of November to write everything EXCEPT my novel. This year it was one article for a magazine and three short stories for competition.

    That said, I've been known to hang out with NaNo Folk and this is what they do . . .
    Write like crazy in November. Edit the rest of the year.
    We have "Edit and Write-ins" every Saturday, all year long. Some people go religiously, I go when my work schedule permits. It's laid back, we all drink coffee and work on our own projects while blissfully ignoring the other writers around us. Twice a month we meet for dinner and swap chapters for critique. We have two weeks to read and review, then the critique is delivered the next time we meet.

    This keeps everyone involved and feeling like they are part of a writing community, rather than "OMG it's NaNo!" each November and then feeling like you're all alone in a black hole the rest of the year.
     
  4. S A Lee

    S A Lee Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2017
    Messages:
    214
    Likes Received:
    113
    Location:
    Greater London, England
    I work in a builder's warehouse, and our busiest period is September-November, so I am usually too worn down with work to do anything like NaNo in November.
     
  5. Katharina Souvatzis

    Katharina Souvatzis New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2017
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Copenhagen
    Congrats on this.. Mine is still on progress....
     
  6. malaupp

    malaupp Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2016
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    29
    True. I don't really have a lot of writer friends, as most of my friends come with a wrestling podcast network I'm on or my Museum Studies graduate program. Although I did meet one girl in the network that's published before, so we're definitely going to be chatting.
     
    KhalieLa likes this.

Share This Page