Regrettably, Why I Withdrew from Nano
For all intents and purposes, I meant to do NanoWriMo this year. I had my story ready to go, everything mapped out that I could think of, and then it hit me. There was no way I could write 50,000 words and do justice editing my almost-there manuscript. The timeline is ticking to get SH ready before agents go on holiday hiatus, and I want to get the first or second round of queries out before then.
Originally, I figured I could work on both at the same time, but the more and more I get into making sure SH is in shape, the more I realize I can’t spread myself too thin by doing both at once. I still fully intend to write my next wip, as soon as SH is finished, but by then Nano will be halfway over. I was torn by my decision, after all, I blogged about how wonderful I thought the program to be. I still believe in its core and the support it offers writers.
It’s just that: editing can be a very complicated process. You want to get everything just right and that takes all your concentration. If your mind’s on two stories at once, it’s going to prove too distracting. At least, for me. I think I’ve mentioned, SH itself was a Nano project back in 2009. It’s taken a lot of work and rewriting from third to first person to get the feel that things are clicking and falling into place. I don’t want to mess that up. So, when you pick your pencils up or put your fingers to the keyboard, know that I’m cheering you on, even as I work on improving a story close to my heart.