Writing Challenge Months vs 10 Days Every Month

Would you rather only write during challenge months (like NaNoWriMo) or write 10 days every month? As much as I appreciate the accountability that comes with challenges, I think I’d enjoy only having to write 10 days out of every 30 or so. For me that would constitute going part-time or retiring.

Seriously, one of the reasons I don’t take offense at being called a hack is because I know they don’t understand the grind. I rely on volume to get the rent paid. Imagine doing NaNoWriMo not just for one month, but every month for four years and counting. Oh, you say, but it’s your full-time job. Well, yes. That doesn’t mean I write 8 hours a day, then put my feet up. There are all of the other tasks involved, like editing and marketing, that get squeezes into that same day. I’m aiming for a lot more than 1,667 words per day. A slow day is only 2,400.

10 Days Every Month

I’m doing these Merry Writer prompts again because I need to blog about something other than the current pandemic. Writing about writing is great, because it gets me thinking about what I do and why I do it. That sort of introspection is helpful most of the time. Once in a while, though, it only serves to remind me that I’m living in an entirely different reality.

The Merry Writer is a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter.

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