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NaNoWirMo Alternative

I apologize for not posting this when I promised. I had a glitch that extended to an unexpected project today. But here it is.


NaNoWriMo has taken possession of the writing world, as it does each November. The practice of this phenomenon is expected among writing groups around the US, if not the world.

For several years—okay, ten years, to be exact—I’ve participated in the frenzied writing blitz for thirty days.

Not this year. Instead, I’m in the last legs of rebuilding my life. Oh yeah. I’ve begun with a new eating/dietary regimen, which takes concentration and effort. Awareness of consumption is paramount on this new lifestyle change. Oddly enough, I still don’t eat enough each day. (Tell that to my hips.)

Add to the above regimen a specialized physical fitness regimen and you have my early morning activities. I finish off my ME TIME morning work with mindful meditation.

After those tasks come writing. I’ve decided to work in thirty-minute sprints. I chose this method for a couple of reasons.

  1. I write faster when I’m on the clock. And I write cleaner. Less revision or editing is necessary because I’m more focused on the particular subject involved during the writing process.
  2. I’m forced to think about the time I’m spending in the chair. I have arthritis in my hips and, especially, my knees. I need to get up and walk around more frequently than the average person, simply to reduce pain and stiffness in them. When that timer goes off, it’s my cue to get up and move. I spend a few minutes walking around the house—maybe do some tiny chore that takes a bit of time—and then I can continue writing in another thirty-minute sprint session.

As a result of this practice, I get more written, do a few domestic chores I’d otherwise ignore, and everyone’s happy.

I’m still in de-clutter mode with the house and I need to have short sessions dealing with that portion of things, as well. And that leads me right back to those breaks between sprints. It only takes ten minutes or so to go through a box of documents, sorting the keep from the don’t-keep. At the end of several sprints, I can get a lot sorted and ready for disposal.

That’s my plan for all month. Evenings can be used for making holiday ornaments, reading for pleasure, or doing admin work for the writing part of my life.

And in case anyone’s interested, I do crafts. I always have. I enjoy the artistic portion of my brain and try to exercise it frequently.

For the most part, I don’t distinguish between weekdays and weekends, regarding work. I don’t have to really.

And there you have it. My personal kind of NaNoWriMo for this year’s November. The only part having to do with writing is trying a new writing method for productivity increases. And that’s fine with me. Right now, I have more material in backlog than I know what to do with. The sprints will help me get much of that backlog cleaned up and allow me to publish more on a monthly basis. Or, at the very least, be able to submit more on a regular basis.

Whatever you decided to do in November, take time to enjoy the process. I’ve learned that it’s the journey that not only teaches you the most, but also grants the most satisfaction in the end.

Have a great week and an ever better coming weekend. Thanksgiving in on its way. You can always begin making out your gratitude list, if you find extra time.

A biento,


PS: Next time, I’m going to give you a small taste of the novelette I’m working on for a Kindle release. I’d love to get feedback on it.

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