So why November? Especially, when it’s the first month of the busiest holiday season? What makes that particular month receive so much hoopla? Can it be that it's backed up by the Office of Letters and Light? Or is it that November signals the end of the year, ushering in a greater urgency to pen our stories before the new year begins? Or is November the writing event month known throughout the universe that affirms that we, as writers, are not alone?
Well, I’m not too sure I agree with “the miserable weather” thing. Maybe bad weather equates to curling up to write a good book. But then what about Thanksgiving? It's not just a national holiday you know. It's a day that uses one to two weeks of preparation to celebrate it. And I might be delusional, but I’m pretty sure if I didn’t have to deal with Thanksgiving, I might’ve reached a word count goal shy of 10,000 words instead of 20,000. At least there are other writing/creative events you can take part in. November is not the only month for writing challenges (just recently learned this). There are writing and artistic challenges year round, year long and for specific months. Basically, you don’t have to wait for November every year.
Thanks to Wikiwrimo.org, I created a calendar of those creative events held throughout the year. So if you feel the busy holiday season of November/December are distractors to your writing, how about looking at events for the other ten months? Or you can create your own personal writing challenge, whose word count goal, purpose, etc for which you will uphold and be accountable for.
How are you faring in the 2014 WriMo’s? Do you feel like giving up? Why? And have you come up with a contingency plan to keep up with your word count goal during Thanksgiving? Please share in the comment section below.
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