Thanks Meg for such a great post today.
For all the NaNoWriMo participants out there, this is especially for you. When I started NaNoWriMo in 2014, I thought I had to plan to write every day, but guess what, I have learned over the years that when you don’t stress yourself over not reaching the 50K word goal for the month of November, you just might reach it and your story won’t be all over the place, like mine was.
At least once during the week and once over every weekend, I allow myself one “Nope Day.”
A Nope Day is a day purposely dedicated to — you guessed it — saying “nope” to any writing that is not immediately required of me to complete.
Why do I do this? Because I needed a reason to stop feeling guilty about not doing work. But I also knew that doing work all the time in an attempt to stop feeling guilty was only going to wear me down and knock me out.
So I decided to try giving myself at least one or two days a week to do the absolute minimum.
On a weekday this might mean getting up, going to work, clocking out, and lounging on the couch (read: entertaining the puppy) until bedtime. On a Saturday it might mean waking up whenever I want (read: when the dog…
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