Settle down, settle down. The world is not going to end because I'm not trying to bang out 50K words in 30 days.
But here's why I'm not doing it:
I'm already elbow-deep in a new novel and I want to take my time with it so it's not a candidate for finishing during NaNo. In order for me to start up a new novel, I'd have to shelve the one I'm working on and also ignore the short story and novella I need to edit. I've got a lot on my plate right now and the day job has been sucking up my will to write. Well, also there's been a lot going on in my personal life too (nothing to get amped up about though, it's all normal stuff). PLUS my team is in the baseball World Series for the first time in 29 years. THAT'S pretty exciting and warrants my attention.
What I am going to do during November is edit. As noted above there are two things to edit and a novel to revise again. There's a lot of writing stuff to do besides the writing I actually need to get into. Things will slow down a little in November and then in December I have to take a week long trip for work and oh yeah - the Holidays. Oh and I'll be at the Free State show this coming Saturday.
My writer's group is doing its usual thing and I will hang out with them as often as I can so I can focus on the things that need done. I will support the entire cohort however I can by exhorting them to contort themselves into writing. (I don't think that worked but I'm leaving it anyway. Eh.)
So I'm with your in spirit, fellow writers. I leave you with this directive:
And if that's not enough, here's Neil Gaiman with a special message just for you: