This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s insecurity – NOT doing NaNoWriMo.
I have 16 reasons. I posted them earlier but because I’m feeling insecure about my decision, I’ll post them again. Tell me where I’m wrong!
- I don’t believe in miracles.
- To rephrase Ashton Kutcher, NaNoWriMo looks an awful lot like work.
- I have to wash my hair (Is that excuse ever believable?).
- To rephrase Winston Churchill, It has all the virtues I dislike (hard work, cerebral endeavor, camaraderie) and none of the vices I admire (sloth, perspicacity, wordiness).
- Some books get clearer the more words you put into them; mine just gets longer.
- The ribbon broke on my typewriter (who knows what I’m talking about?).
- I have to get ready for Thanksgiving.
- My protagonist’s on strike.
- My muse is on vacation.
- I don’t have anything to wear.
- I hate being pressured more than I hate editing.
- Writing a novel in 30 days is one of the things I do best–along with finding needles in haystacks.
- I asked my husband if he’d support me in my endeavor. He said, Sure, in the tone of voice he uses to tell me the dog’s butt needs detailing.
- Of course not. I don’t have to leap into a fire pit to know I’ll get burned.
- I like deadlines as much as sticking my tongue on a block of ice.
- Participating in NaNoWriMo doesn’t beat hitting golf balls in sand traps.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.