It’s that time of year again, when writers deliberate over whether to devote every spare minute of November (and their achy fingers) to typing the first draft of a novel in 30 days.
All I have to say is whoever came up with November as the month for this certainly wasn’t a mother with school-age children. January makes more sense, although JaNoWriMo doesn’t have the same ring, does it?
If you’re considering whether to NaNo in this #pandemic year, consider these:
- How will you feel on December 1 if you participate? If you don’t participate?
- Does drafting bring you joy?
- Do you have the mental bandwidth to enjoy this level of commitment for the 30 days?
- If not, but you still want to participate, set your own goal, wherever you want. I’m thinking of writing a poem a day…and haiku counts! (One year I transcribed some 180 letters as my NaNo project — it was a family legacy I’d been putting off for lack of time, and the NaNo structure gave me the push to complete it in a timely manner.)
- You can also sign up for NaNo simply to read the motivational essays that it provides…without writing a word of your own.
In this year of the plague, we’re all doing our best to cope and to live our lives fully. Do what seems best for YOU.
Be kind to yourself.