It's November, and for many of us that means it's NaNoWriMo time. This crazy effort to pump out 50,000 words in 30 days results in sleep drifting to the wayside and homes being left unclean. It requires diligence, perseverance, and perspiration to complete NaNoWriMo, which is not unlike the qualities needed of a W1S1 participant.
But the challenges are very different in their goals.
Whereas NaNo focuses on the rough draft of a novel, W1S1 is concerned with the submission of published stories to (paying) markets. What you write this week does not (and probably should not) need to be what you submit this week. You're encouraged to take your time in revision, polishing stories and submitting them during the week they are finally ready.
Yet like NaNo, we want you to stay on target with production. It's important to keep at it. Keep writing. Keep submitting. Create a habit for yourself to write daily, which is NaNo's most important lesson.
For those of you attempting to do both NaNoWriMo and the W1S1 challenge, I commend you. It's a daunting task, but doable. You may even consider integrating the two and counting your W1S1 story word count into your NaNo total. After all, NaNo judges only on words, not on number of projects (though admittedly, you're encouraged to focus on one).
The month of November is a time of insanity for writers worldwide. And whether you're working on your short stories, your novels, your crazy word counts, I want you to keep in mind what you're really doing at the core: working.
Writing is work. You get up, you go to work every day. W1S1 and NaNoWriMo are attempting to create a work environment for you, a habit, a routine. Clock-in, write your butt off, clock-out. Rinse and repeat.
The moral of this story is that it's not really NaNoWriMo versus W1S1 at all. It's all about whatever method helps you get in front of your keyboard/notebook/typewriter.
So write on WriMos. Write on W1S1ers. Write on writers.