I See in WordPress that I have a few more followers this week! Thank you and I hope you stick around. Since I haven’t been updating the site, I thought I’d do a quick post this week and maybe start getting back on a schedule.
So. What am I doing this month? Well, for the first time in almost a decade, I’m not failing at Nano. Instead, I continue to work on a daily writing practice, and am coming close to pulling the trigger on a couple novellas, and my journal-ling is going great (Obviously, since I’ve decided to get back to publicly posting,right?).
I’m not nano-ing because I don’t need the pressure in my life right now
I’m not doing it because I’m writing regularly at my own speed.
I’m not doing it because Wattpad does a lot of the same thing for me
I’m not doing it because I want to polish a project for #SFFPit on Dec. 9th
I’m not doing it because I don’t want to go to the Meetup and awkwardly stare at the other two people wondering if I’m the crazy one.
I’m not doing it because I don’t want to feel like I’m failing again, on the same project I failed at last year.
NaNoWriMo is great IF. If you have the time. If you need the support. If you Win. But I don’t feel it’s great if you’re trying to go to the next step. If you have a little pride, if you’re already motivated. Instead it becomes an albatross of lowered expectations and arbitrary goals.
I Don’t the goals of NaNoWrimo are SMART– Specifically, I don’t think they’re wither Relevant or realistic killing yourself and driving away your family for a month to say you’ve completed yet another fanfic or nonpunishable Novella doesn’t lead to anything else. What are you going to do in December? Another writing sprint? Edit the mess? Not that it doesn’t work for other people: It just doesn’t work for me.
And that’s what I’m in the process of re-learning right now- What works for me. What procedures and software, attitudes and practices, work for me to start writing again after all the abuse and heartache I’ve lived through the last 5 years.