A couple of years ago, I produced a piece for radio on NaNoWriMo. The writing initiative was fairly new back then, so fewer people were taking part. But still, the idea was unique and inspiring for many aspiring writers. It was a chance to buckle down and be held accountable, especially when you publicly announced you were taking part, or joined a NaNoWriMo group, which is what my radio story was about. I like NaNoWriMo. It can be a motivator, a coach. But I think it’s run its course and it’s time writers in all stages see the difference between a gimmicky way to get writers writing and a lesson on how to be disciplined about your craft.
It’s time NaNoWriMo morphed into NaNoWriYEAR.
You want to write? Make it part of your life. Get to it like you do your yoga class. Do it regularly and don’t let anyone or anything knock you off your schedule. Five minutes a day? Do it. One hour every other day? Do it. Write on the commuter train? Do it. Write before the kids get up. Write after they go to bed. Find a place and a time and stick to it. And most of all, don’t wait until November. Why can’t June be the month? February? And better yet, every single day.
Hear NaNoWriMo radio story at my web site. left column, on the home page.