Changing Focus for NaNoWriMo

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It’s almost November, which means that it’s about time for me to start really focusing on writing the story that came to my mind a few weeks ago for National Novel Writing Month. I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2008 and have won every year other than the year when I had just moved, was 9 months pregnant, and had a horrific cold. It was far better that I didn’t get past day one that year anyhow.

Most of those Novembers have been intense and difficult to fit my writing into and, in comparison to past years, this year should be much less busy. I hope.

I’m going to still try and write a bit here, but I don’t do very well with completing multiple projects at a time so keeping up with my blog-writing is almost certainly going to suffer and become sporadic. It already has, really because lately, every time I’ve sat down to work on blog posts, I’ve found my mind drifting to my fledgling world and my main character’s story.

Needless to say, this has not helped me finish any blog posts recently. At all.

I do have 15 post-drafts in various stages of being written/polished, which means that there’s a possibility I’ll get some (or maybe at least one) of them posted in the next month. I particularly want to finish up my most recent post-in-progress about the difficulties that have to be faced/overcome when setting up and completing an autism evaluation.

However, it’s also very possible that this is the last anyone will hear from me on this blog through the end of November. Folks can, of course, follow me on Twitter where I’ll continue posting whether I’m blogging or not. I also have a Facebook page, but that one might end up being as neglected as the blog during this NaNo season.

I don’t have a huge following or anything, but I don’t want anyone worrying if I suddenly disappear for a while. I also want to be completely honest with myself about my limitations and posting this publicly should help me be more understanding with myself too.

I picture it going a bit like this:

“Yeah, maybe I could stay up until 2am and write a blog post, but I already told people that I was taking a break for NaNoWriMo, so I should give myself a break too!” *chills out and takes care of self*

Instead of:

“Oh my goodness, it’s been over a week since I last posted! Crap! I better figure something out after I write 2000 words on my story….” *commences to stay up all night and be useless the entire next day*

So, there you have it. I might be around a bit, but probably not much, if at all. I’ll be aiming to blog regularly again come December!

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