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Why I'll Never Participate in NaNoWriMo Again

I have dreamed of successfully completing at least one NaNoWriMo competition since 2011, and this past year I finally realized that dream. I wrote 50,014 words of This Dread Road, Book Three of The Bennett Series, in November 2015.

I was so proud of myself. Not only had I finally managed to complete the challenge, but I'd done it during the same month my husband and I purchased a new home and moved. 

For several months post-NaNo, I was convinced that everyone should participate in this challenge, no excuses. But now that I'm (finally) finished with revisions, I can look back and say with all manner of certainty that NaNoWriMo, while well-intentioned, did me far more harm than good. 

 

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Why I Write Mentally Ill Characters

’ve always been a worrier. Racing thoughts and infinite loops of “what ifs” have been my constant, unwelcome companion since childhood, riding my shoulder like a cartoon devil and whispering imagined calamitous possibilities into my soul. As a young child and teen, and even now sometimes as an adult, I find that the simplest hypotheticals can terrify me into a stupor.
 

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