This month is National Novel Writing Month. I will not be participating this month.
I did Camp NaNoWriMo this past July. While I did get about half my story written in that time, I was so worked up over the (self-imposed) goal of 50,000 words that I didn't enjoy the month very much. Unfortunately, the novel was tainted by the experience.
It took a few months, but I finally went back to what I wrote during those frantic few weeks, and found that there was a lot of good there. No ending (as usual for me), but good stuff. So this month I'm going to do UnRaNoWriMo. It's not an official thing, just something that Candilynn Fite came up with for herself and anyone who has declined to participate in the biggest writing event of the year. You know it can get kind of depressing seeing everyone gushing on about their NaNo progress, when you're just sitting there on the sidelines, feeling like you're not accomplishing anything.
UnRaNoWriMo stands for Under the Radar Novel Writing Month, and the purpose is to work on your writing, just not in a big official look-at-me-being-all-productive manner. I'm going to spend the time working on my last WIP, tentatively titled The In Between Place, which really needs to be changed, but I can't think of a better title just right now. I have to admit it's taken me a few days to get back into the feel of the novel, so last night was the first time I'd written anything more than a couple of stilted sentences, but I'm hoping to get back on track here.
Good luck to all you NaNoers out there and all you UnRaNoWriMoers, and everyone who is just taking a break this month.