I have been surprised by some of the tweets popping up on my Twitter timeline about NaNoWriMo. Some writers seem to be spiralling into a panic, largely over the pressure of having to write every day and having to reach a certain amount of words. I will not devalue numbers by saying the numbers do not matter, because that is like saying words do not matter, but writing is supposed to be enjoyable (Ha, emphasis on the supposed)
I am participating in NaNoWriMo this year because I need to start writing again and if at the end of November I have some writing done that’s my goal reached. Sure, it would be wonderful to think I could have 50,000 words at the end but I am telling myself that goal is completely secondary.
Numbers are an odd thing. On social media certain bloggers like to celebrate a certain amount of followers they have reached and I’ll always agree four doughnuts is much better than having one, but …
Surely the engagement is what matters. How many people are you engaging with. Engagement is a huge thing for me, because of my anxiety and depression, the online community of poetry readers and book bloggers has greatly benefited me.
I remember reading in one of Matt Haig’s books ‘Wanting is also lacking. That is what ‘want’ means.’
Enjoy what you have. Live in the moment.
Isn’t that what you’ve got to do?
As long as the numbers have not become an unhealthy obsession.
I aim to post during November regular picture prompts that I have found on the internet. It might help spark an idea, and hopefully help you too.