nano pad

Lady Nano
Holy crap. I honestly didn’t expect this to be so long, but here you are. School’s started so I’ll be writing less, but I’ll still try and make stories for all of you on here.

Shipping: Nanocoffee/Lividsounds
Sub-Shippings: Xephmadia, Sjips, Zoethian
Summary: Lady Nano is engaged, but she’s not really fond of her fiancé. A visit to Lomadia’s house draws her out of her pampered life and onto the streets - but the fun’s just beginning.

“Nano, hurry up!” Came the harsh call from the lobby downstairs.

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Why I Don’t NaNo

I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I haven’t participated in quite a few years, and probably won’t participate for quite a long time. I’m not ashamed of this, and I’m not suggesting you quit NaNo; I’m just not the type of writer who benefits from the style of writing you need to win NaNo, and I know I’m not alone.

I know Kristina Horner’s catchy song says “forget about your grades, your boyfriend, and your job” but I can’t do that. In addition to not having the time (I go to college full-time and work part-time in addition to a weekly tabletop RPG and scheduled time to hang out with friends and de-stress), I’m a researcher, an edit-as-I-go type of writer, and I need to take breaks from a story and come back new. Not to mention I don’t always have a story idea come November 1.

NaNoWriMo discourages all these things. “Write every day!” the site will tell you, “It’s only 1667 words a day!” even though not everyone has the time or energy, ignoring the fact that writers get stuck, especially those who write without a concrete plan of where the story will go. “Write even when you don’t have inspiration!” or “December is for editing!” which can lead to your story going somewhere you don’t want it to. I’ve had to delete multiple paragraphs, paragraphs I had just written the day before, paragraphs that I loved and tried to justify keeping, but they turned my story away from the vision I had for it. I’ve also deleted an entire chapter in disgust because it was written under a deadline and the characters were way out of character. Plus, not every story needs to be 50k or more. There are a lot of writers out there who will pad their NaNo stories because they feel pressured to reach a certain word count, but maybe we should use contractions, maybe we don’t need to know the bartender’s cousin’s life story. NaNo focuses on quantity first, quality later, but that’s not how my mind works.

The story I’m working on now, set in NYC in the late 1930’s, is currently just over 29k words long. I started it on a whim, having gotten inspiration from a photo, and lamented my perfectionist’s need to do so much research into the setting for a story I wasn’t even planning to write. It’s almost completed. I’ve been working on it since at least Nov 26 2015 (that’s when I started it on GoogleDocs), and I’m stuck on the ending. And I’m pretty okay with that. I don’t have a deadline that I need this story done by, so I’ve been asking friends and fellow writers if they could take a look at it, something that NaNo doesn’t leave much time for; and I’ve been focusing on other things, hoping time will refresh my ideas or give me some new bit of inspiration, which NaNo definitely does not leave time for, unless you’re far over the word count you need for the time being.

In short, NaNoWriMo is for writers who need to get their story down on paper before finishing it, writers who need a reason to write it all down, especially within a certain time frame. I’m not that type of writer.

About the Author

Stephani is a 24 year old person who writes as a hobby and has been doing so for almost 20 years. They mainly write fanfiction (and only sometimes finish it). They are also a voracious reader, with a goal of becoming a librarian (they were inspired by the two main librarians in their high school). Their favorite English class so far has been Mythology. They can be found at StephaniDFTBA.tumblr.com and archiveofourown.org/users/StephaniD