The NaNoWriMo Rebellion
For the past several years, I've (unofficially) participated in NaNoWriMo's annual writing challenge. For those not familiar with how it works, the gist is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
I say 'unofficially' because I tend to dedicate all my attention on one novel at a time to avoid a laundry list of unfinished, neglected projects. Generally when November rolls around, I miss my window to participate.
At least by the rules.
Instead of using poor timing (err, planning) as a perpetual excuse, I find opportunity in November to set goals relevant to whatever my current project is at the time.
Around 2009, I used NaNoWriMo to spur writing sprints to complete a troublesome first draft. In 2011, I overhauled an entire outline's plot, and applied critiques in 2014 from a recent round of beta readers. Last year, I wrote up new scenes that were needed after some major edits had been applied to a manuscript. Now in 2020, I've just completed a 1st draft days before NaNoWriMo kicks off, and with it passed to the hands of my beta readers, I find myself with a brief respite while I mull over the critique. So once again, my goal is not to write a new story, but to bolster one already in existence.
So, I encourage everyone to find that method that works for them, keeps them both accountable and productive, and provides avenues to carve your own paths. There's no wrong way to accomplish your goals!
Good luck to everyone!
"If you're going to rebel, do it with purpose." ~Unknown