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?
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.