It's not that far away now, and recently as I've been doing more writing its been on my mind a little. I'm not going to "do NaNoWriMo" this year, but I am going to use that month to try and make increased progress on something I'm already working towards. Part of me likes the idea of the challenge, but a wiser part of me knows that any output that I managed as part of NaNoWriMo, as happened last time, would be more or less nonsensical garbage. I didn't even manage anything resembling the target word count either.
So what I'm going to do this year is try and alter my schedule and my habits to make more time to write, and spend that time working on whatever is interesting in the moment, be it this blog or something different.
This will likely mean I drop some of my social obligations (as I can't drop the professional ones) and curb some of my less productive leisure activities (I'm looking at you, video games). But environment is also important. I find it much easier to write when my mind isn't competing with music, conversation or the television. I may have to quarantine a room for my own purposes, or just be so belligerently grumpy that nobody wants the pleasure of my company anyway.