There’s been a lot going on lately, and so it wasn’t even on my mind. But when past participant Josephine said she was doing NaCreSoMo again this year and asked if I was, what could I say?
And what is NaCreSoMo, you ask? (I’m so glad you did.) It all goes way back to…2013…when a woman named Lily found herself frustrated with her own lack of creativity. Once upon a time, she made new things every day, but lately she had been “too busy” with other things, and other such excuses not to make and share her Creations. And thus she declared the third month of the year to be National Create Something Month, or “NaCreSoMo” for short.
(You may have heard of “NaNoWriMo”. Think of this as an off-season, low-key version of that.)
The rules are simple:
- You can join anytime.
- You can post on any sort of creative project, creative process, or actual work in progress. i.e. you can post about work, not just the pieces themselves.
- You give one comment back per day (on someone else’s post).
- You make at least one post per day (you can back post).
I’ve got plenty of things going on already, so I’ll probably keep it small this month: a lot of small poems and some effort put into editing my NaNoWriMo mystery. (And hey, “Determination” still isn’t done yet…) Anything I do will be on this site under the tag “NaCreSoMo 2017”, and I’ll also be cross-posting to Facebook as usual. The fun starts March 1!
An important thing I’ve learned from past years is “if you push too hard, it’s a lot less fun”. So don’t worry about Rule 4.
To organize this community, there’s an official group on Facebook where you can add your name and site and see the list of everyone participating, managed by me and our founder Lily. If you’re the sort who avoids Facebook, send me a link to your blog/site/whatever, or comment below, and I’ll share it with the group. (I’ll send you the list of participants privately.)
Creativity is an important part of my life, and I want to make sure that doesn’t go away even in the face of Current Events. It’s good for me; it could be good for you too. And it’s amazing what a deadline can do to that project you’ve always been meaning to start.