Holy crow, we’re twenty-three days in, which means we’re up to twenty-three letters written and sent!
So many letters.
Are you keeping up?
I’ve spoken with a few InCoWriters recently who haven’t been able to get letters out daily for one reason or another. There seems to be a thread of guilt, shame, or anxiety running along with missing days of letters sent. I want to talk about that for a moment.
I’m am a few days behind myself, but I will write a couple extra letters, and it will be square. That’s one way to handle it. But what if you’ve missed half the month? The last 23 days? I suggest beginning today. Don’t try to “catch up,” don’t try to crank out 14 or 23 letters so you just get it all done. This isn’t supposed to be another task on your to-do list, or a chore you need to complete.
I know that the intention is to write one letter a day for 28 days, but in my very humble opinion, following the spirit of the month is the most important part. That’s not to say doing your one letter each day isn’t impressive and commendable! I am totally in awe of anyone who is that on point! Serious kudos. But if you’re behind, don’t beat yourself up about it. Are you writing letters? Are you thinking of the joy it will bring your recipients? Are you having fun with it? I hope so! If the anxiety of having a letter deficit is sucking the fun out of it, I implore you to give that shit up right now. You can always begin again. Isn’t that great?
Anyway, InCoWriMo may be just one month, but InCoWri can be done any old time. This is not a stressful situation.
Do your best. Send happy mail. Enjoy yourself. End of story.