Decision Made — No NaNoWriMo

I woke up this morning and knew what my decision was, after having debated the issue before going to sleep last night. Not only won’t I be doing NaNoWriMo this year, last year will probably have been my last one. No matter how well I plan ahead, taking days off from writing, not pushing myself beyond my physical limits, NaNo is stressful, enough so that I always end the month burned out and unable to write again until I get my energy back. With one nearly-finished novel long overdue for completion and the most important book of my life barely started, I can’t afford the loss. My physical capacity is less each year and this year, I’ve really felt it. So that’s it for NaNo, probably forever.

It was a good run that taught me a lot, but other than cranking out one more novel, I’ve probably squeezed out all the juice that NaNo had to offer. I’ll miss it, but not the stress and anxiety.



6 thoughts on “Decision Made — No NaNoWriMo

  1. Physical capacity is important – because exceeding it makes you LESS functional.

    I think we’re too old to get by on adrenaline after a certain age, and push ourselves at our peril – and for what? We don’t get what we wanted to do done faster, or often enough. I’ve stopped worrying about it – I can push myself a little, but it always shows somewhere else. Ain’t worth it.

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