Saturday, October 27, 2018

Watson Joyful Writing Month

November is coming up, and so is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to complete an entire novel (the word count is 50,000 words) in one month.

This contest is about speed and productivity, word count and a firm deadline.

Some writers thrive on this, but for some people, it's a nightmare. Too much pressure. Causes anxiety. No joy in the writing.

To be honest, the whole concept of cranking out an entire novel in one month is extreme. I've done it in the past, with a holiday novella. Written in the fall, published for that Christmas season.

The job got done, but I was a machine. Not a lot of joy there.

I'd like to propose an anti-NaNoWriMo option for folks looking for something a little bit different, a little less stressful.


What are the rules of this game?

There are no rules! Hee hee.

If your word count at the end of November is zero, that's okay.

If you get a couple of chapters done, that's okay.

If you spend a lot of time thinking and percolating about your next book project, that's great!

If you spend time with your family and/or traveling and/or going on hikes and/or visiting a museum...or any activity that "fills the well" of your creativity and inspiration, that's fabulous!

If you need some support, reach out.

If you are super proud of one sentence you wrote, share it.

If you write an entire novel in one month and don't lose your mind, fantastic.

Anything goes. No judgment, no prizes. Just a shared love of writing.

Also, puppy pics are an added bonus! *wink*

I will be posting sporadically on my Facebook page to check in with my writer friends. You can also add comments here with updates. Share your progress, your setbacks, your joy. Be proud of yourself!

Or, if you're an introvert and not into sharing, keep a private journal.

I give myself STARS on my daily planner when I have a good writing day or a good diet day or just a good all-around day! ✯✯✯

This is the ultimate low-stress, only-fun, be-joyful-about-your-creativity event.

Also, I would like to invite all creatives to join in, not just writers. Artists and crafters and musicians. Anyone turning their creative muse into magic.


Keep in touch,



Patrick RIley said...

Me likie!

Penny Watson said...


Penny Watson said...

I'll start with "goals"...Using the Halloween season to get inspired for my horror story. Am working on a blood-thirsty section next. Muah haaaaa haaaaaaaa!

Natasha Moore said...

I'm in! I want to start a new book & would love to think about the joy of writing it instead of the "have to".

Penny Watson said...

Hi Natasha! I firmly believe that focusing on the joy instead of the "have to" is when you make magic with your words. Enjoy your writing!

Christine DePetrillo said...

For me writing is all about joy so I LOVE this idea. I'll be revising a manuscript in a series all based on good deeds and starting the next book in this series during the month of November!

Dani Wade said...

As an author with a full time job who has pushed herself for years, I’ve slowly lost the joy in my writing. A recent medical crisis brought all of that to a halt. I love the idea of spending November reconnecting with my writing rather than pushing for word count. My sister and I have a plotting retreat planned mid-month! I had wanted to plan a new series before things went south. Thank you for this reminder to creatives that our writing is a joyful thing, not just “work”. :)

Penny Watson said...

Hi Christine! You have such a good attitude...always. You have an exciting November coming up. YOU CAN DO IT! ✵✵✵

Penny Watson said...

Hi Dani! Oh! I love that idea...for a fun writing retreat with your sister. That sounds lovely. Good for you! WRITE FOR JOY! ❊

Nan said...

I'm in, Penny. I need to finish up the 2nd Four Irish Brothers Winery book, and how lovely it would be to do it with joy and no pressure.

Unknown said...

I'm in! Tried NaNoWriMo once, thought I'd die. so writing for joy in Nov. and planning on several more chapters of my WIP's first draft.

Katerocklitchick said...

I freaking love this!!

Penny Watson said...

Nan, best of luck with your winery book! That sounds like a super fun series.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Lesley! Hee hee. DEATH IS BAD FOR WRITERS. Writing for joy is definitely a better alternative. Good luck with your 1st draft!

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Ink Honey said...

I'm in! See y'all over on Facebook ... it's about time the Joy seekers unite!

Penny Watson said...

Karen...THE JOYSEEKERS sounds like a great novel title. Or a band. Or a critique group. Something!

Barb Wallace said...

I'm in!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Barb! YAY! I have a good feeling about this movement of "writing for joy" will only bring good things. xoxoxo

Holly Schindler said...

I soooo need this! I'm in.