Why I’m Doing NaNoWriMo and Thesis At the Same Time

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Anyone who’s been reading me for a while knows that I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time last year and that I won, finishing my novel in only twenty days. Anyone who’s been reading me for a while should also know that I’m currently writing my thesis for my Master’s program. It’s been tough and I have two weeks left to get my final draft in order for my thesis committee.

As you know, it’s November now and NaNoWriMo is in full swing once again. After a few months (yes, months!) of thinking it through, I decided to participate again this year, even in the midst of thesis. Why did I do this? I have a few different reasons:

  1. This is probably the biggest reason: Because I have more than one story in me and need to get a specific one down on paper while it’s still fresh in my mind.
  2. I HAVE TO WRITE. I have to, and if I can flex my creative muscles on more than one story at a time, I’m going to give it a try.
  3. Because working on more than one story helps me to figure things out in my other stories when I’m at an impasse with them. This is a bit hard to explain, but sometimes, while I’m working on one story, something from another story will pop into my head. When that happens, I can write it down for alter or switch stories. I like this…flexibility (for lack of a better word).

My novel for NaNoWriMo this year stands a high chance of not being finished. After all, thesis is much more important right now. But I’m doing both of them because even if only one gets finished, I can still say that I tried, even if NaNoWriMo is a failure this year.

Remember what Samuel Beckett said? “Ever tried? Ever failed? Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” So, this year, if failure happens, I’ll do it “better.” It’s possible, right? Yes. Yes, i think it is.

Happy Writing,

  • amyleebell

    Maybe after you submit your thesis, you'll have tons of time for writing for NaNo. Your technique of writing more than one story at a time intrigues me. When I get stumped, I switch scenes in my story, knowing that what happens in the new scene will help me figure out what should be happening on the one that's stumping me. I kind of jump around all over the place in my story. I'll have to try your method though; sounds like fun!

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