5. I never win. Apparently I’m incapable of writing 50K words in a month. Even though Give the Lady a Ride was a NaNo attempt, I didn’t win that year (got it published, though).
4. My husband likes it when I’m not sequestered with my computer.
3. I don’t have time. None. Zero. I have one week to edit two manuscripts, prep for my extended absence, fulfill my obligation to help others with their book launches, among other things. Somewhere in there, I have to remember to feed MSB and the cats, check on Mom, and tend to household business.
2. This is the last week that is “mine.” From here until the end of the month, all my time belongs to MSB, Mom, and family. Which means I would’ve had from the 1st to the 14th to write 50,000 words. If I can’t do it in 30 days, I can promise you I can’t do it in 14.
1. I’ve spent the past couple of months polishing the final draft of The Cat Lady’s Secret and am not prepared for NaNo.
Number one is my favorite reason. Because of my push over the last couple of months, Cat Lady is sitting in an agent’s computer today. The novel was my 2009 NaNo attempt, but I concentrated so hard on getting the word count, that I failed the story miserably. Everything I put in had to come out. Consequence of not having an outline of some sort. Dumb.
Number five up there tickles me. Apparently I’m not capable of writing over 70,000 words–which is roughly the count for Cat Lady. Ride barely crossed over 68K. Novel length is supposed to be 80,000+. Someday, maybe one of my novels will actually be novel length.
Since the “lack of time” business will be the story of my life for the next several years, I think NaNo and I are officially parting ways. Unless I can figure out how to write 50K in half a month, there’s no point in taking on the stress.
Good luck to everyone else who is participating. I want to hear some success stories by December 1!