2018 Writing Resolutions: September/October

Finding time (and the motivation) to write isn’t always easy. Sometimes it feels damn near impossible. I’ve been struggling with the latter for the past couple months, which is why I’m so glad that November is (almost) here.

NaNoWriMo has become a tradition for me. It’s my greatest, most essential writing habit, one I’ve come to rely on over the past 6 years. More than anything, it’s reassuring – I know that whatever happens during the other 11 months, I have those precious 30 days to get myself back on track.

To me, NaNoWriMo is sacred. It keeps me writing, even (and especially) when it would be far easier to give up and do something else.

Every writer is different, of course, but we all have one thing in common. We need some sort of consistency, something that motivates us, some reason to make writing a priority in our lives. It’s not enough just to write when we’re feeling inspired, nor can we only do it when it’s convenient. If we approach it that way, then eventually, inevitably, we end up not writing at all.

NaNoWriMo is my fallback. What’s yours? What is the one thing that keeps you writing (at least semi-) regularly, even when you don’t feel like writing?

Author: Heather

Heather is the owner/administrator of the Story Scribes community. She’s a prolific writer, web developer, and visual artist who spends every year counting down the days until NaNoWriMo.

2 thoughts on “2018 Writing Resolutions: September/October”

  1. My fallback and the thing that keeps me writing are the same thing – due dates. Articles for this site and my church’s newsletter are regular things that give me writing to complete; even when there isn’t a hard due date I can pretend there is one (meeting that self-imposed due date on the other hand…). I’ve not been the greatest at it lately as I have other projects to distract me, but now that several of those are out of the way I hope to pick up my slack. Here’s to better writing days in November 😉

  2. I love NaNoWriMo, and hopefully taking it in a different direction to my usual one will mean a more consistent writing habit over the month. I have been lagging seriously writing-wise this year, for some good reasons and many excuses. I am so glad 01/11/2018 has come! It’s now do or die. 😀

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