Even though I’m a writer, I can’t really hang with NaNoWriMo. I just can’t write that fast, I always wind up getting burnout. During the summer, I do like to do Camp NaNoWriMo, which lets you set your own word count goal. I usually set it to a much more reasonable amount, like 10-20,000 words.

Nevertheless, it’s hard to escape NaNo mania in November. But this time around, I saw someone on Twitter mention that she was going to treat this month as “Finish Your Crap Month: FiYoCrapMo.”

This is seriously, seriously something I need to do. I feel like I have a million projects going at once—not just writing, but projects in general. So I’m going to try to at least get a couple of them done. Not quite two weeks into the month, here’s what I’ve done so far:

• Written a complete 3000 word short story omg
• Written about 5000 words on my WIP novel
• Gotten some work done on an A/V project that I’ve been working on for WAY too long.

The A/V project is what I’m hoping to get actually completed by the end of this month. It’s taken me an inexcusably long amount of time to work on, and I’m almost done. In fact, I just used a calculator to divide what I’ve completed with what’s left to do and discovered that I’m 91% done. Can I finish the last 9% in the next 18 days? (That gives me two days for every 1%!)


I feel like the goal of “finishing one’s crap” (or at least making solid progress on one’s crap!) is a very noble one, and something that may be easier for most people to attain in the course of the month than a super high word count (especially if you write more like 300-800 words on a good day than 1667). And if you can write that many words that fast, guess what? You’ll still have finished your crap!


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