NaNo Anonymous Day 15

We’re over two weeks into my #NaNoAnonymous challenge. That is, my challenge to write daily during the month of November WITHOUT any word count quotas and without checking my word count at all.

I am pleased to say I feel I have shaken the compulsive habit of word count checking. The urge does come, but it’s not so bad. I also thought I may struggle with feelings of being left out this NaNoWriMo because I have participated in the past, and watching my friends gleefully announce their word count accomplishments may cause withdrawal. However, this month has actually gone pretty smoothly.

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Taken from Tumblr (where else?)

In addition, I have achieved my overall goal of maintaining some kind of balance in my crazy life. Balance isn’t always a word in my vocabulary, and it certainly never is a component of my life during NaNoWriMo. However, the #NaNoAnonymous challenge has

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Look at me being all handy!

allowed me to continue writing for pleasure as well as accomplish some other goals in my life (yes, I have goals outside of writing!). In addition to growing my manuscript, I have completed a freelance project, painted my living room, ripped out a fence line in my back yard, and gone ballroom dancing! These are the sorts of things I wouldn’t ordinarily set aside time for when I’m working on a book.

In short, the #NaNoAnonymous challenge has been the perfect tool for me to find balance in my life while still igniting my passion for writing. The Spirit Seeker Series is blossoming into something I am truly proud of, and I thank everyone in my writing support group for helping me get through this draft. I am in the final chapters of drafting book 4 in the series, and I’m still not sick of the characters! That’s an accomplishment for someone as distracted as I tend to be with my writing projects.

Are you measuring your self worth based on your word count quota instead of enjoying your writing project? Join the #NaNoAnonymous challenge – stop tracking your word count like your life depends on it!

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