November is coming again, and it’s finally time to end my two year NaNoWriMo hiatus. The break certainly wasn’t something that I wanted, but there just wasn’t enough time to do participate in NaNoWriMo and enjoy it.
This year, though, things are different. My teaching schedule is manageable, and I have a novel itching to be written. That steampunk/fantasy/sci-fi novel experiment deserves a completed draft, and it’s brewed long enough to (hopefully) turn into a solid first draft. (The first round from a prior NaNoWriMo doesn’t count. It was more like a prolonged brainstorming session in novel form.)
One of the things I love about NaNoWriMo is the discipline that comes with having a set goal for each day. Now that I’m out of my creative funk, it’s just what I need. Something to put me back into a good writing rhythm and that will help push this novel forward.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What writing habits do you have that keep you on track?