This isn’t the first time I’ve written about how I struggle to complete writing projects that I’ve talked to people about. I still don’t really know why I struggle. There’s something about letting others in on the story you’re trying to tell, before you’ve finished telling it, that somehow slows me down. Maybe it’s me adding extra pressure on myself? I don’t know. All I know is, these days, I keep my work to myself until it’s done.
It’s been a long while since I wrote that post about not telling anyone about what you’re working on, but I still get emails about it from people, and I’ve seen it shared on many other sites. It still resonates with people, and, as we’re now in November, I thought this might be a relevant topic for National Novel Writing Month.
Are you taking part this year? Have you tried to do it before, but to no avail? If you’ve struggled during NaNoWriMo in the past, maybe it’s BECAUSE it’s a community-oriented idea?
If this sounds familiar, why not write in secret this time around? Don’t make a big thing of it, just write. Do it for yourself, then see how much further you progress this time around. Has stepping away from the crowd made things easier for you? Let me know!
Regardless of whether this is your first NaNoWriMo, or you’re a seasoned veteran, I wish you the best of luck in your projects. I hope you have a creatively rewarding time.
All the best, Andy.