Participating in NaNoWriMo this year taught me the importance of having writing projects without “pressure”. By pressure I mean: the intent to publish. I knew going in that I I had no intention of publishing my NaNoWriMo story. This immediately put me in a better mood to write. As I’ve mentioned my particularly nasty writer’s block before, I won’t go too far into detail with it here. The fact was, however, one good project without publishing pressure was enough to get me out of my writer’s block funk.

I think it’s probably a good idea to have a project “on the side” that isn’t a publishing project. If you still want it available to the public, there are great places like Wattpad to do so. Though I’m back to work on my publishing projects, I’m also prepping to have a side story that I can work on at my leisure, just for fun.┬áThese just-for-fun projects are great ways to keep writing exciting and to keep stirring that creative circuit in the brain.

Do you have any “just-for-fun” projects? If so, how do you feel about your pressure-less projects? Do you prefer to focus only on publishing projects? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Beloved readers, I’m going to *try* to post more regularly here. Probably something like 3x a week. I think quality over quantity is a good policy here and since I am majorly busy, I think that’ s a reasonable goal. Thank you to everyone who comments and continues to read here. I really do appreciate it! Happy Reading and Writing, y’all!

The Importance of Projects Without Pressure
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