NaNoWriMo and Me

Since Friday I am trying to get 1667 words out of my hands every single day.

On Friday it worked not that bad and I had a strong start. As long as I was writing the preface this wasn’t an issue at all, I knew exactly what to write and was quickly through it. But the preface ends very soon. After like 3000 words or less I was done with the draft for it.

As soon it got into the real book it started getting hard and I really had issues getting even near to the word count. And there the problem started. I totally underestimated the work and overrated my ability to write that much. I took barely 10 days for planning and had thrown around my schedule multiple times just before starting.

When I was a programmer I had this sticker that said “Weeks of programming can save you hours of planning”. That’s exactly my mistake here, I didn’t plan my book out properly and now I don’t have a proper action plan for my book.

Another factor is my blog, I let that down and wrote a not so good newsletter yesterday, because I basically didn’t prepare enough for NaNoWriMo. And I don’t want to let my blog down as well.

I was going back and forth with this decision, quitting NaNoWriMo or not. Now I know, I will quit it. But I won’t quit the project itself. I will stick track my progress, to see how far I am coming.

What’s going to happen?

I will continue writing this book, I want to hold that in my hands. But I will call the project book, instead of NaNoWriMo and I won’t focus on words, I will focus on the content of the book.

That also means I will go back to the planning desk and refine the structure for the book and think about what makes sense and what not instead of just punching words into the keyboard without any meaning to me.

Maybe I will make it near the deadline, maybe not at all. According to my beliefs there would be no value in a half assed bad written book, therefore I decided to take the longer road and publish a better book.

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