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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
Write just for fun? Why not?
I've seen at least one mention of a JaNoWriMo challenge, which seems to be an unofficial version of NaNoWriMo. However, I will not even be thinking of trying it.

I decided a while ago that setting wordcount goals no longer worked for me. It used to work really well, but that was because I had the goal of wanting to finish a particular novel with the overall goal of wanting to become a published writer. But then that dream died, first because my stories just aren't what publishers want and secondly because the more I saw of what a present day writer's life is like, I realised that it was not what I wanted. The thought of having to finish drafts and turn round edits to a deadline horrifies me. I know (from my years as a creative writing tutor) that that I'm not good at that sort of thing and that it stresses me out terribly.

So I entered a slough of despond with regard to writing. I even considered not writing any fiction ever again, but I did used to enjoy it, so I've decided that I need to come at writing from an entirely different angle if I'm to tell stories again. I will therefore adopt a friend's idea of spending half an hour a few times a week doing something writing related. I've never previously been a fan of the Daily Pages or Writer's Notebook, but a bit of noodling around is probably what I want/need at the moment, with absolutely no pressure whatsoever. I will have to see if I can devise a HabitRPG Habit or Daily to include this in my routine activities.

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From: tychist Date: January 2nd, 2015 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to know if you succeed in this.
I have been writing over the holiday on a secret project and the knowledge that it had to be done by today was a great spur. But just a word count doesn't work. Nor deadlines that I set myself. If i set them, I can break them.
a kind of unofficial NaNoWriMo this last November (where the intention was to write something every day) did help. I didn't write every day but I did most days. Which I counted as a success. A new incentive would be welcome.
Good Luck
From: cmcmck Date: January 2nd, 2015 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to admit that I find it the best way. :o)

The poetry comes when it comes and if it doesn't, it's no big deal.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: January 2nd, 2015 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
No pressure.
That's my mantra.
Enjoy yourself!
(That's my other mantra.) ;)
elsewhereangel From: elsewhereangel Date: January 2nd, 2015 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
the more I saw of what a present day writer's life is like, I realised that it was not what I wanted

I feel much the same. I have never been more miserable than when my job was writing an open ended project of my own design. I wanted to be a writer for a very long time but I no longer find that the case.
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