In June of this year, I wrote a blog post here at Skolion on how anxiety affects me as a reader. But the fact that I’m a writer is what has shaped…
If you take time this month to spend with your creative ideas, that’s enough. Whether you finish a novel, write the opening line of a poem, or scribble a few ideas in your notebook, that’s enough. The only possible way you can ‘lose’ at NaNo is if trying to participate in the event makes you so miserable you don’t want to write any more.
We’ve been so socialized to go, GO, GO that stopping feels wrong. But maybe we need to stop and face those doubts and fears. Maybe it’s okay to allow ourselves to stop, to face real chaos and understand what we’re afraid of and what we doubt, and why we doubt it. Maybe going nonstop, always busy, always focusing on something else, isn’t the best way to go through life, only to be stopped by death.
There is no One True Method to approach writing and publishing novels. Every author has to figure out how to best work the ever-changing system for themselves. All I will say is that you need to take care of yourself, whether you write one novel every other year, or look at rapid release of one a month.