It’s November again, and for a second year in a row, I’m not doing NaNoWriMo.
It’s not because I don’t want to. I have a draft that needs writing. That poor fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk novel hasn’t had much attention in the past month thanks to so many students in my English classes, administrative work, and developing French I while teaching it. There’s just not enough time to fit 1,667 words a day into the already jammed schedule.
For now. After all, I have ever intention of getting back into NaNoWriMo again. Maybe next year.
In the meantime, though, I miss it. November is here, and that itch to write is nagging my imagination. After feeling stuck in the doldrums of so much school work, I find myself daydreaming about the novel while doing yardwork or driving to and from school. That hasn’t happened in a while, just because my mind has been so preoccupied with so many other things. More urgent things.
There’s something special about the routine that comes with NaNoWriMo. That rhythm of writing 1,667 words every day. The discipline it takes to pace it out and write like a marathon instead of in sprints. I need that discipline again, especially because I feel like I don’t have enough time for it. Those are the times when you really need to push it, right?
So instead of participating in NaNoWriMo, I’ve decided to make a greater effort to spend quality time with my poor, forlorn novel. I’m not sure what that looks like yet, but at least it’s somewhere to start.
Do you have any special writing goals during November? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?