National Novel Writing Month … I just realized … can lead quickly to writing burn-out.

I’m not so sure about this, now.  I’ll keep plugging away but I’m not going to burn my brain out just to make the word count.

Here is a picture of an old friend of mine, the “Happy Pipe”:


16 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo

  1. I love Happy Pipe.
    And I know what you mean about NaNoWriMo. I’m already 3500 words behind my goal for today… 3rd day in. Oh well. I’m hoping to catch up tomorrow.
    Good luck!

  2. What a cute idea to make it a smiley face!   Make people smile just looking at it.  Kudos to the one who thought to do that
    I tried to do NaNoWriMo last year… I realized I prefer to write at my own pace than to a deadline, and I’m much happier with the results.  It’s a fun idea, but not an idea for me!  

  3. Thanks for the lovely comment
    I agree about burnout, too. It’s a much better idea, in my opinion, to work at your own pace, at risk of not meeting an arbitrary goal someone stuck on the internet, than meeting that goal with work you’re dissatisfied with. It’s even worse if, in addition to being dissatisfied with your work, you’re too burned out to try to write something better or revise what you have.
    And you’re probably right about writing absolute crap during NaNoWriMo. I’m just thrilled about having a reason to spend so much time writing, so I don’t really mind if it’s crap. I’m hoping I’ll get something out of it, whether it be a character, a plot idea, or just a really good passage. Even if I don’t, it’ll be nice to write daily.

  4. Love the happy pipe. I’m trying to pace myself with NaNo so I don’t get writer’s burn out. But it’s hard when inspiration keeps knocking at your door. Now…to take a short SNES break before returning to writing.Happy Writing!

  5. Hi Random Stranger! Don’t let burnout get you down… make sure to take lots of nice breaks, and reward yourself. If you don’t pamper yourself during NaNo, it can really burn you.
    The Word properties are very much like that little chart, but the neat thing that the report card does it really the graph. Did you click the link? I love watching that little line creep up and up and up… 🙂

  6. NaNo can lead to major burn out… last year I hit 50,000 in 10 days and didn’t write a word for nearly 6 months. I’m a bit of an extreme example, though!Happy Pipe made me happy. :)Good luck!

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