What Season is More Productive?
I have never had this question posed to me. When do I write the most? I have never paid very much attention to my productivity in the past, but I can say that this year I have written more the first half of 2018 than any other time I can remember.
The first burst came in February for the 28 Days of Writing Challenge. It is hosted by Leap into Writing and your’s truly, me. I started this challenge about three years ago because I liked my sanity…NaNoWriMo is in November. Really? For me, this is one of the worse months of the year. I can easily say that November and December are zero-productive months so NaNo was out.
On the other hand, February is one of the most boring months of the year, and it’s short. Leap into Writing was born during the last Leap Year, along with 29 Days of Writing. (Obviously, every other year is 28 days so I renamed it the next year). This challenge is to write every day of the month. No days off allowed. Write as many words as you can and you’re golden. We also do weekly challenges (Word Wars is my favorite) to get the word counts up, along with writing prompts to get the creative juices flowing.
A second burst came in April with the A to Z Writing Challenge. This just finished up a couple of days ago, and I now have 26 blog posts more than I would have had without it. I enjoyed trying to come up with a blog subject based on a letter of the alphabet, and I hope you enjoyed reading them too.
Last, a big inspiration for this time of year is Pikes Peak Writer’s Conference. PPWC is always an inspiration and a great way to kick off the summer to write. If you are a writer, I encourage you to attend a writing conference near you (or take a vacation and travel to one far away). Here are just a few suggestions:
- Pikes Peak Writers (Colorado)
- Romance Writers of America (it’s in Denver this year)
- Quills (Utah)
- Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (Colorado)
- AWP (2019 is in Oregon)
I’m sure there are many, many more. If there is a conference you love to go to please list them in the comments below.
For now, I am in the most productive stage of my writing career. I am excited! What about you?
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NaNoWriMo is always a bad month for me, too, but I’ve still taken the plunge a few times. I just can’t help myself. I’ve also done a couple of the Camp NaNoWriMo sessions (in July, usually), which is a little more flexible. But I love the NaNo challenge. I don’t know what it is about it (probably just that I hate to lose…), but I’m always my most productive when I’m NaNo-ing.
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I agree with you about the timing of NaNo, obviously concocted by someone with minimal family commitments around the holidays. I’ve also been enjoying lots of writing time in the lull between New Year’s Day and the return of the warm weather. This year I’ll be attending RWA Nationals in Denver. Will I see you there?
I will not be there, but I have heard it is fantastic. Have a wonderlfu time!