No NaNoWriMo for Me: Instead, It’s JaNoWriMo 2021

November looms yet again, when writers everywhere try to cram 50,000 words into one month!

I am not participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I have a project (Book 3 of the Tunerville trilogy), I’m outlining it, and I even started a rough storyboard for the book trailer. What I don’t have is time.

As you know, I’ve been job hunting for an excruciatingly long period. I still haven’t been hired anywhere, but the state of Missouri did recently offer free CompTIA IT training to workers displaced by COVID-19. I qualified for this due to being a long-term unemployed person whose job hunt was completely derailed by the pandemic.

I’m glad SOMEBODY’S having fun.

Image by Alexandra_Koch from Pixabay / captions Elizabeth West

So now I’m preparing for the Project+ certification exam. I can’t write a book and do that simultaneously. However, this should bode well for the future. Not only will I have a certification to add to job applications, but I’m boosting the rudimentary project management experience I obtained at my last job.

Confluence is with my editor. Deadline: Thanksgiving. Although I doubt we’ll have any guests this year, I need to be ready to hit those revisions in December. I hope to have most of this study and maybe even the exam knocked down by then.

I promised you I would finish the trilogy, and I will. With that in mind, I’m launching my own personal, month-long writing challenge in January, which I will call JaNoWriMo!

Note: this is not an official thing, so don’t go looking for it online (edit: whoops, somebody did it!). It’s just me adapting to a crazy situation and the tendency for the Universe to make me sit here for months and then pile it all on at once.

“I only f*ck with you because I love you.” – Universe, probably

Image by Fine Mayer from Pixabay

I doubt I’ll finish in one month, especially if I find employment by then (sooner, please, so I don’t have to move during the coldest, wettest time of the year). Someone could even offer me a job out of state, since remote work is now a legitimate way to start. If so, cross your fingers that this hypothetical company happens to be in the increasingly narrow list of areas where I’d actually want to live.

Weekly updates for JaNoWriMo might work better. I’ll also pop a word count meter up on the blog so you can see how it’s going.

As of this writing, we have no clue who will win the 2020 U.S. election, what will happen in the aftermath, or whether we’ll even have democracy by January. All we know is that it will probably be very unsettled and chaotic for a while. I feel for anyone doing NaNoWriMo this year; the added stress is sure to derail you, but don’t give up. The whole point is to get you working.

Artists and writers are scribes of history, whether or not they include actual events in their work. So keep creating. Keep doing the thing you love. It will get you through these dark times. It will help others who need a breather, or an escape. Your voice is important.

See you soon!

5 thoughts on “No NaNoWriMo for Me: Instead, It’s JaNoWriMo 2021

  1. I wish you well in your job search. The last time I tried to find a job was after my company branch closed in 2009 (thank you sucky California laws). I never did find anything and finally started collecting social security when I was eligible. I sure wouldn’t want to be looking now.

    Don’t blame you for skipping NaNo this year. I haven’t done it for a number of years and don’t know that I would in the future. Hope you get your writing wrapped up in January. Good luck!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  2. You’re a genius! And I suppose we’ll see lots of writers rebelling and doing their version of NaNo in different ways! I think I’ll steal your idea! Take good care of yourself! Everything else will still be here when you get the important stuff sorted out!

    • Haha, steal away! Whatever gets us working, right?
      It’s a bit tough for everyone here to concentrate with all the crap that’s going on, so I suspect you’re right. NaNoWriMo may be an escape for some folks, but I just don’t have the bandwidth to deal with it this year.

      • Pretty much, at this point, whatever gets me writing works! It is a crazy year, I guess we’ll see a lot of us making it work in any way we can. I usually have trouble writing in November because end of year is always busy, but who knows, maybe January will be easier. We’ll see… Take care!

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