It's Beginning to Feel Alot Like NaNo

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while know that every November, I participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). In a nutshell, it's a writing marathon - 50K words in 30 days. For some, that's easy, and some become crippled by their inner critic. I'm somewhere in between. I have successfully completed it twice out of the five years (every year since 2004) I have participated. The question now is, am I going to participate this year?

I'm not sure. On one hand, it's a tradition. I even made a mild (alternative) attempt the year I was also taking licensing exams. On the other hand, I am maxed out. Every time I turn around, there's a new work deadline, a new bike issue, and new requests from friends and family to get together (requests I do NOT want to turn down -- my relationships with you all are too important to me). We'll see if I've managed to get things under of control by the end of the month.
I do know that 50K words has never gotten easier for me. I am just not a fast writer. Even blog posts take me an hour.

I may do some work with automatic writing. It won't be a story, but it may work out some of the kinks. And maybe it'll loosen me up to start doing some real writing on a regular basis.
Or maybe I'll promise to read x number of books and post a review in the blog.
I'd also like to do something as a daily serial. I'm sure my readers would like it.

Any thoughts?


Anonymous said...

How about a weekly challenge, like 1000 words a week?! When you've completed a whole year of them, you'll have written 52000 words (more than NaNoWriMo!), but will have spaced them out so as to still have your life and to avoid burning yourself out. :) And I, for one, would LOVE to read some of the stories that come out of your head!

Janiece said...

Oo! Oo! A daily serial! Yes, yes!

Also, are you busy this weekend? Would you like to come down for some conversation and some Junz?

Anne C. said...

Junz? :D
Well, if you *insist*!
My cousin, Susan, is coming down from Ft. Collins I think to visit me on Saturday. I will check to see if she would like to come (as a lover of fine cuisine, I can't see why she wouldn't).

Janiece said...

Oo! Oo! Susan? We LOVES the coffee lady! If she brings us some, I shall reciprocate with choke cherry jelly (or another flavor of her choice).

Jeri said...

Or - maybe you could make November your "month of writing". It doesn't have to be 50K words. It doesn't even have to be all production and no editing. It doesn't have to be published or shared in any form. It could just a month where you commit to write, at the keyboard, for an hour a day - or 5 hours a week - or whatever works.