November: A Month of Writing

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This month I will write every day. I know we’re already a few days into the month, so this post is a little bit late, but I have written these past few days and I will continue to write something every day this month.

Most of this year has been about going without: no meat, only drinking water, no TV, etc. This month I want to create a solid writing habit. After all, if I’m going to call myself a writer I had better practice my craft every day. This month will be all about writing as an art, as a craft, as a profession, a method of therapy and a tool for creation. I want to spend this month creating more than I consume.

My plan is pretty simple: Write every day. I won’t be counting writing that I am required to do for work or school. Writing that does count includes any side projects, journaling, blog posts, creative pursuits, rambling and other ideas or tangents that I might pursue through the written word. I don’t have an exact word count goal because some things just end up shorter than others, but I think anything over about 100 words will count as my writing for the day. I’m hoping to hit at least 500 words per day, but that’s not set in stone for this month.

I imagine most of my writing will be for this blog, whether for posts, newsletters or otherwise. However, I’m also starting some side projects and some creative endeavors that will help me hit my goal every day. I was going to try to do NaNoWriMo this year, but with school and work responsibilities I just don’t have the energy to put into a novel this month. Hopefully next year!

That’s it. Write every day for an entire month. Will you join me? Let me know how you’re writing (or creating in other ways) this month.

Here are some tools and inspiration to keep you going this month:

Ulysses – this is my writing app. I keep everything in Ulysses that has to do with writing for this blog, work, school and any other projects I’m working on. If you’ve never written in Markdown, you should look into it. It’s awesome!

750words.com – although I don’t use this site as much anymore, it is a great tool to get the juices flowing. It’s also great if you’re motivated by keeping a streak going with a habit. The site analyzes your words every day and creates interesting analyses of your writing, mood, interests, and more. Worth a look for sure.

NaNoWriMo – stands for National Novel Writing Month. Basically, you write an entire novel (50,000 words) in 30 days during November. It’s intense, hard and way fun. It’s a great community and a good cause. Not for the faint of heart.

Some more ideas if you get stuck:

  • Start a blog. Write about something you love. Try to post every day this month.
  • Listen to conversations around you on the bus, at work or at school. Make up a story using these conversations.
  • Start a journal. Write about your day before you go to bed.
  • Carry a notebook to write down notes and ideas wherever you are.
  • Make a writing ritual. Write every night right before bed or first thing in the morning.
  • Free write. No editing allowed. Just let the words flow.
  • Find a distraction-free editor, like Ulysses. Search for distraction-free text editor online to find one you like.
  • Compose creative tweets or Facebook posts.
  • Take cool photos and write about them in a cross-genre essay.
  • Rewrite books that you read but didn’t like to make them better in some way.
  • Find a writing contest to submit to. It’s awesome if they’re giving monetary prizes and even more awesome if you win!

The only limits this month are your imagination and the amount of space in your notebook or on your hard drive. Get out there and get writing (or drawing, painting, dancing or whatever form of creation you choose). Hit me up on Twitter if you need some encouragement or if you’d like to chat.

1 Comment

  • I did a writing every day habit in September and it was amazing! My goal was at least 20 minutes a day, but I think your system makes more sense, because due to that set time, I usually stopped after 20 minutes. So with your way, you are likely to write longer. I’ll probably also give myself a word count in the future.