a.k.a. sarrah kaliski


a.k.a. sarrah

To NaNoWriMo or not to NaNoWriMo


November is fast approaching and thus begins the NaNoWriMo. I have recently started writing a novel and it's coming along quite nicely. I've been writing it long hand, which feels like it is keeping the writing process fresh and uncluttered. On my Twitter I've been seeing quite a few of my friends and people I follow preparing for NaNoWriMo, and I started to wonder if I should as well. I already have a story to write, why not get it done in a month, right?

I didn't do NaNoWriMo with my first novel I wrote, but I did push it out by writing a thousand or two words a night. That was a different time for me. I felt as though the story had to come out as fast as possible. A lot of the writing was forced, which I'm not saying was wrong, it's what that story needed, what I needed.

But this novel is different. It has an organic feeling about it. If forced out, it feels like it will lose its sincerity. And every time I think about typing it out on the computer so I can see the word count, that feels like I am going against the writing flow. Long hand can be slower than pounding out the story by keyboard, but if I lose the essence of the story just for speed and word count, that is ludicrous to me.

Like I've said many times: writers are finicky and their writing even more finicky, and there's nothing wrong with that. Your writing is your voice. Find what works for you and do it proudly, even if it suddenly changes tomorrow.

So with all that said, I have decided to not join in with NaNoWriMo, but keep scribbling along, and cheering on all those who will be pounding out their novels.

Leave a comment below if you're going to be doing NaNoWriMo this November!

Cheers and happy writing.

s.c. kaliski