Jump-start your writing with NaNoWriMo

A country road during autumn

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It’s that time of year again where writers everywhere gear up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! I wrote about that last year, which you can find here.

NaNoWriMo prep, part one
Part two: Getting started
Part three: Notes and plans
Part four: What to expect

We’re also thoroughly into the new school year, which includes my new routine of devoting the-kids-are-all-in-school hours to writing as my job. So, how’s it been going?

Not well.

I’ve had a lot come up that made it hard to protect my working hours. My husband started a new job, one of my sons was diagnosed with ADHD (which involves hours spent at various clinics and filling out lots of paperwork), I had the flu, and I had a guest visit for a week (I was SO glad to have her but I didn’t write the entire time she was here). And it didn’t help that I never found an accountability partner, since self-discipline isn’t my strong suit—I work much better when people are counting on me or I’m serving someone else.

It’s enough to discourage even the best of us.

This is why I’m glad it’s time for NaNoWriMo again. It’s just the kick in the pants I need. I will be writing every day this month, including weekends, and I will attend weekly write-ins. Starting is always the hardest part, so I’m hoping once the ball is rolling from NaNo that I’ll be able to keep it going the rest of the school year. If you’ve been unable to make writing a priority, I invite you to join me this November (just a few days away)!

Have you ever fallen off the writing wagon, or have had trouble maintaining a habit that’s important to you? How did you get back on the horse? I find I just need to forgive myself and start again wherever I am, because guilt only slows me down. What’s your method?