I have written another novel! Once again, the experience was amazing. Writing with other people, having a crazy deadline and no lofty goals when I complete was just what I needed. I came up with weird plot twists and strange characters doing unexpected things, because I let go. When I try to control everything in my writing, I end up with tight, bland stories in a white room. I need to do this more than once a year. In some aspects that is. I need to connect with fellow writers, I need to set crazy goals for myself, I need to let go of my inner critic and just run with it.
That being said, I sent myself an auto-reminder message for next November saying “don’t do it.” Yes it is fun, but I need to find other ways to channel my creativity and drive. I need to spread out my productivity over the year. I need to write every day, not save it for one month in the year. I will continue to support everyone participating, but set a different goal for myself. Now, to catch up on a month’s worth of lost sleep!