Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.
I love NaNoWriMo. Having a goal, a deadline, and a sense of community with other participants is a great feeling. But NaNoWriMo can become an all-consuming beast, and that’s not a healthy state for creatives.
Instead of letting NaNoWriMo become your one and only priority this November, here are some ways to make time for your other hobbies and still hit your writing goals.
We’re halfway to November and here comes the NaNoWriMo peer pressure. Everyone else is doing it, so maybe you’re feeling obliged to give it a go, even though you find the concept of writing 50,000 words in a single month absolutely terrifying.
While many writers find energy and inspiration from the thrill of a worthy challenge, this isn’t the route for everyone.
NaNoWriMo is still a fantastic tool for writers, regardless of how you use it! Here are some non-conventional ways you can repurpose NaNoWriMo for your own, more manageable, writing goals.
If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
-Rita Mae Brown
In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.
“Ms. Johnson says there’s no such thing as writer’s block. She said it’s just your mind saying to your body, I ain’t trying to write that jive.”
-Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
May the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me.
-Tracee Ellis Ross
Do any of these scenarios look familiar to you?
- You started Camp NaNo on July 1 with every good intention, but something wasn’t clicking and you quit trying a few days later.
- You intended to do Camp NaNoWriMo, but Day 1 rolled around and the hardcore procrastination began. Here we are, halfway through the month, and you haven’t even started yet.
- You tried so hard to stay on track, but real life had other plans and writing had to take a back seat. Now, you’re woefully behind and losing motivation to continue because winning is pretty much out of the question.
Maybe your situation resembles one, none, or all three of these. Regardless, we’re sitting at the halfway point of Camp NaNoWriMo with almost zero progress. Yep. Me, too.
Do you still want to make the best of Camp NaNoWriMo? Read on for a few tips and tricks to making the most of this month’s writing time.
Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure.
-Amos Bronson Alcott
Imagination is what you do with your inspiration.