Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year

First up I want to say what a great idea NaNoWriMo is, it encourages people to write and we need more writers in the world than we do corrupt politicians and uncaring governments.

But, I am not doing it this year for no other reason than I have a mountain of other written books that need my attention in editing and so on. In the last 2 to 3 years I have written 8 books, three as a fantasy trilogy and five as a series that starts as Middle Grade and grows with the main character as he grows into adulthood.

My creativity has also fleshed out the bones of a second trilogy to follow the first and at least two more of the other series. So I am lucky in that I get the ideas and have the urge to write them.

The issue for me is that I lack good editing skills of my own work. I fail to see the errors and they remain. I have very little financial backing behind me so I have to rely on beta readers who are kind enough to do a beta exchange, mine for theirs. I am not, as yet, blessed with the funds to pay for  good professional editing services. That will have to wait for a while.

With all that in mind, I don’t see the point of writing a ninth book that will sit on the shelf waiting for the time when I (or someone else) can edit it, when there are many others in the queue in front of it.

I still write down my ideas and maybe write out a few pages of notes when I get that flash of inspiration, it is all kept and stored, never lost or wasted.

So for now, I shall follow my friends on the social media and watch as they fly towards their goals this November and wish them a successful writing month.

Keep writing!

p.s. If anyone would like to beta read and comment on my books, I would be happy to exchange with theirs. Drop me a comment below.


About purpleandrew

Andrew, recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome is a 54 year old former geologist always had short hair, suited & booted for work. That all changed when the credit crunch hit. Now a complimentary therapist, hospital radio presenter, and writer. Andrew writes crime thrillers, Young Adult, and fantasy books as well as blogging about writing and other stuff that he feels strongly about.
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