A November Writing Challenge

No, I’m not doing NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo (is that still a thing?). I don’t have it in me to start another novel, and I spend 90% of my day blogging or thinking about blogging.

(The other 10% is devoted to wondering if The X-Files is coming back for an 11th season. I fit the kids and my husband in there somewhere, too.)

But I am in a writing rut, so I’m challenging myself to write something creative every day for the next month. No restrictions on length, subject, and absolutely 100% no editing.

I see other fic writers publishing new work constantly and I can’t help but envy their prolificness. More importantly, I feel out of practice when I’m not working on something, and my current work-in-progress has been stuck in an editing loop for months.  Perfection is the enemy of progress, and I am notorious for editing as I write. I’ve edited this sentence twice already. This 200-word blog post took an hour.

See? Hopeless.

It’s time for a blank screen. I started a Scrivener document to which I’ll add a new page each day, and see what comes of putting my fingers to the keyboard (or putting pen to page, for the old-fashioned) for 30 days. As with NaNoWriMo, I’m locking my internal editor in a box and stuffing that box on the back of the highest shelf of the most remote mind-closet I can find.

…right after I finish editing this post.


  1. NaBloPoMo is still a thing. Someone on my friendslist at LJ is doing it, in fact.

    I’m doing neither one. I signed up for Yuletide this year after skipping it since 2013. And I signed up for Small Fandom Bang to write Deviations: The X-Files, the comic AU where Fox was abducted instead of Samantha (he made her hide and got taken instead, because he’s a hero in every universe). I have written zip. Not one word. I can’t think of anything but the presidential election. The only thing I can write about is the election.

    If The X-Files comes back for an 11th season, I’m not watching it unless Chris Carter is gone. I still love Mulder and Scully, and I still love my show, but I can’t forgive him for season ten. He needs to be replaced.

    Good luck with your writing project.

    Have you written about Scrivener here? I’m curious about it.

  2. I’ve gone back and forth as to whether to write about the election, but I’ve had too much anxiety about it to be eloquent, and nothing new to offer on the subject that others haven’t already said. The thought that we could come out of this election with a President Trump is terrifying and wrong on so many levels.

    It sounds like Chris Carter will be at the helm again. 🙁 Disappointing as it is, I’ll still watch it, probably. I liked 3/6 of the episodes in season 10, which is enough to keep me hanging on. Maybe I’ll like 5/10? I’m hopeless. 😛

    I wrote about my writing workflow once but never published the post. Scrivener is like the Photoshop of writing; lots of tools for organizing and brainstorming, but I only use a fraction of it. I like that it syncs with Simplenote.com, so I can write/edit from my phone or iPad (useful when flying).

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