And then it was over.
My congratulations to all winners and participants in NaNoWriMo this year. For many to manage even 10K over the month is quite a feat when balancing constraints like work, multiple jobs, children, special needs children, school, and finals.
The list goes on and on and includes many combinations.
More than anything, 50K is about shaking you out of your stasis or procrastination. Either NaNo did that for you or you’re ready to do it now. Either way, it’s time to move ahead with goals and steady writing habits. Please don’t sleepwalk until January, or longer.
Writers write no matter the season, not because it’s a rule, but because it’s what we do.
This isn’t about others forcing you to write or shaming you. This is about your choices and includes fitting the writing need/desire/passion into your life circumstances. Too, though we accept writing as a solitary exploit, it’s helpful to surround ourselves with others in similar circumstances.
This month I’m the volunteer leader for Writing Challenge. I’ve participated in the group since last April and can’t say enough about the support I’ve received and friends I’ve made. I’ve gone from a feast or famine writer to generating a more steady output.
There’s no obligation beyond what you choose to do, but accountability is a great motivator.
There’s a Facebook page, but central to the group is what happens in two other places. One is the participation log (I bookmark it) located on the group’s site. The minimum requirement for a shoutout is a manageable 500 words or 1 hour of editing per day. Shoutouts and most interaction occur on Twitter via a changing hashtag. This month it’s:
That’s where each month’s leader announces who met the minimum the day before. We also announce uninterrupted weekly and monthly participation. Most valuable, though, are the great people you meet.
I volunteered to lead this month because it was an opportunity to give back.
So, go ahead, join and tweet your accomplishments and challenges, or not, since tweeting is voluntary (experience tells me it helps). It’s less than a third of the NaNo goal and (best part!) you get credit for editing. Editing is vital. Editing is when the real magic happens. Draft forever and you never finish anything.
You can begin any day, but I hope you’ll join us starting this month.