NaNoWriMo, Writing Groups, and Writing Competitions — Oh My!

Alyssa Mayley Writing InspirationA quick question. How busy is your November?

Mine is expected to be insanely hectic. But for some reason, I thrive on that kind of chaos this time of year. As a matter of fact, this time of year is not only the busiest; it’s also my most productive month(s) all year long.

Every fall, I get an overwhelming urge to get something new out there. It’s always the same thing. First, comes the “I need to publish this manuscript.” What will it take to prep it for publication? The realization that none of my stories will be ready by the end of the year cripples my enthusiasm for a minute. So, I just keep plodding along as I did before the urge struck . Without realizing it, a new story slowly creeps in.

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This year, I decided to fight the urge and keep hammering away at a project I have been working at off and on all year long. Wanting —for once — to have determination succeed over ‘the muse’ which is VERY easily distracted. I didn’t even realize what was happening until it was too late. Without my permission, or even consciously acknowledging it — I started a brand new novel. Again…

*Sigh*

So, on top of leading a weekly writers meeting, attending a monthly writers meeting as an advisor, submitting short stories to magazines (I will not relinquish my 2016 goal of being pubbed in a magazine!), participating in Round 3 of NYC Midnight Writing Challenge and keeping up on my research of the writing craft, I will still find time write this new novel.

Since it conveniently fell in November, I decided to (finally) join the NaNoWriMo movement and use this opportunity to cook two meals in one pot. (Yes, I know. A terrible metaphor. Keep in mind the fall/winter season for our house means tons of crockpot meals. )

I discuss more details about my NaNo project via social media. I’m not sure if I will post much about my newest novel on my blog anytime soon, but If you’re curious about it; feel free to follow me on on Twitter or Facebook. I’m also sharing images I find inspirational during the creation process on Pinterest.

So, does anyone else struggle with taking on more than they should toward the end of each year? I’d love to hear what will be keeping you busy!

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