I am a big fan of these various write a novel at a sprint sort of challenges. NaNoWriMo (which I’ve done a few times and usually fail miserably at), 70 Days of Sweat (done 3 times) , Fast Draft (never done). I have no idea why. I so often participate and then don’t do well at them. Why? Well, frankly, they don’t fit into my life terribly well. I’ve never been good at what I heard one writer refer to as the “vomit draft”. I suck at turning off the internal editor and just going. The microburst writing I’ve been doing lately helps with that, but I still am not inclined to join up for the latest challenge, which is MayNoWriMo. Apparently it’s an LJ community. I saw that Joely is participating, and while I’m following HER progress (which is always astounding because I know she’s got 3 kids and an evil day job too), I just can’t subject myself to it just now.
Still, I think it’s a great idea. Because seriously, November is a crappy time to have NaNoWriMo. It’s a shorter month at only 30 days. It encompasses THANKSIGIVING, which means that many of us will be juggling house guests and the preparation of enough food for an army. And for those of us in academia, it means that last push of the semester toward finals. The only November I actually “won” NaNo was the year I did it in grad school.
May, however, is a much better idea. The semester is over (or finishes right at the beginning), it’s a longer month at 31 days. There are no major important holidays that mean an influx of relatives. If I were inclined to join the insanity, May would be a much better month for me. But 50k in 31 days is still seriously pushing it for my sanity. I need a break from life. So while final grades were turned in last week for the community college, and final grades get turned in today for the university, and I am, in fact, down to JUST the Evil Day Job for the next three weeks, I’m using this time to recharge and get some stuff done.
So I’ll just keep plugging along with my daily words and waiting for the next round of the 70 Days of Sweat.