NaNoWriMo, Thirty On Tap

Why I Quit NaNoWriMo

My mother taught me a lot as a child. Even as a grown woman approaching forty, I continue to receive pearls from her – even from three hundred miles away where she resides in my hometown of Chicago. One thing she often reminded me to do was to finish what I start. ‘Don’t be a quitter’ was a common refrain whenever I was ready to be done with whatever hobby du jour I was invested in during the many phases of my upbringing: piano lessons, track and field, cheerleading, not judging others.

Most of the time, I’ve taken her advice because I never want to be a quitter. To quit is to admit defeat, a lazy admission of failure. When is quitting ever a gratifying experience?

I got my answer to that question this past week when I deleted my NaNoWriMo novel profile. Read more on Thirty On Tap…

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2 thoughts on “Why I Quit NaNoWriMo

  1. This was kinda powerful, especially with me being in the place that I am as a writer (attempting to hopefully publish my first novel this fall and try NaNo for the first time this year). But as a creative, I’m a huge believer of not forcing things…so it’s good to know that even with something like this, it’s a very real reality. And that I shouldn’t necessarily feel bad about it.

    1. Thank you for your words and for reading. Like…I was lowkey devastated when I quit, but I learned a lot about myself. I learned how to know when I need to block distractions and that it’s okay to fail. It’s made me a stronger writer and ready now more than ever to tackle Nano this year.

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