Writing in November – blogging instead of NaNoWriMo

November means NaNoWriMo. But not for me. I’ve looked at it before, and I did again this year, but the decision again has to be no.

I am planning to dedicate this month to writing, but it’s not the first or only month this year that I’m doing that with. Having tried to write regularly for several months in the second half of the year, I know that writing 50,000 words in a month just won’t happen. It’s not doable for me, it would create an immense amount of stress, and the quality of the writing would be abysmal. So what I have decided to do is blogging – I intend to write 30 blog posts for the month of November. My theme, as far as I have one, is worldbuilding. I’m going to start from scratch, and see how far I get, and how interesting it is. I make no promises that the world building will not be mixed with some posts about photography, some fiction, or whatever else takes my fancy. Frankly, if I’m doing this thing, I’m going to write about things that interest me.

For the worldbuilding, I’m going to be using Mark Rosenfelder’s excellent Planet Construction Kit (and no, I’m not an affiliate, and clicking on that link will not give me anything). I’m planning to do additional research too, but this will provide an outline for creating a fictional world in November. I’m not really creating it for anything specific, I’m really just going to settle in and see where this project might take me.

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