Not me. I am not even attempting it this year, to be honest.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve won several times now, but at great personal cost. (Don’t I sound dramatic!) The first year I “won” I slipped a disk in my neck from sitting in one position too long. Took months before I could move my head! And the other half didn’t exactly love not seeing me for 30 days.
I tried it again last year, and when I hit 30k words, I came down with a case of writers block (more like writer’s malaise) that I couldn’t shake until the following March! It was so bad that I actually contemplated giving up writing altogether! Only constant nagging from my crit partners got me back in the saddle.
I’m not sure what happened to sour me on the idea. My first experience with Nano was transformational. I was finally able to lock away my inner editor and just write. It was crap, but at least I finished a story. I’ve taken those lessons to heart and use them even now when I’m first drafting. I guess now that I’ve shown myself that I can do it, the challenge no longer motivates me. Instead, I think it stresses me out more than anything. I might not write my first drafts in 30 days now, but I can at least spare the time to think about where I’m going, plot out the story, and enjoy the process. When I try to cram everything into one month, I think it gets a little too overwhelming for me.
I may try it again some day. And I think it’s a fantastic event for other writers, as long as it works for them.
How about you? What have your experiences with Nanowrimo been like? Will you be doing it this year?