If we’re Facebook friends, and have been for more than a year, there’s a good chance you may have seen the barrage of status updates I made last November as I completed NaNoWriMo for the first time. The incessant posts might have been annoying to some, but to others I know they were the most entertaining content they consumed all year. I’m sure the latter is eagerly awaiting a return to form this year.
For those of you who encompass the latter group I have some good news and bad news.
First, the bad news: I will not be participating in NaNoWriMo this year for a number of reasons. Primarily, I am so mentally drained from taking a year to finish the first draft of the novel I started in 2016 that I couldn’t possibly imagine beginning again on a new tale. There’s still so much work to do on that story that I don’t think I could justify taking the time to start a new novel while that one sits waiting. Also, even if I did want to participate again this year, I haven’t even begun to think of an idea for a story that could be told in at least 50,000 words. There’s always next year, of course, but I regret to inform you that it won’t be done this year.
And now for the good news: I’ll be trying out a new sort of project this month. I know that one of the main complaints among my countless fans last year was that I didn’t share enough of what I had written with the rest of the world. Many have been chomping at the bit to read anything I’ve written. To that end I have devised a way to make those folks happy, as well as provide a way to add more content to a site barren for reasons I totally could have prevented; each day this month I will be posting here a blog post of some sort. Not all of the posts will be novel-length of course, but each day I will have a new piece of content ready for you that will be totally on Jacob-brand. Some may be personal, some may be political, and some may be any other sort of adjective that begins with the letter p.
I do feel a little guilty for not being totally prepared to wow the world with another feat of marathon writing, but I’d be doing a disservice to myself as well as the world’s readers for not properly dedicating my time to where it needs to be. What I am proposing here is a compromise of sorts. I still get to challenge myself to better my craft and write as much as I can, but at the same time (hopefully) giving myself enough time to also get in some story revisions when I can to the 2016 tale. Get excited, reading fans.
So now, without further ado, let the NaBloWriMo (National Blog Writing Month) games begin!