With it being NaNoWriMo season, it has had me thinking about my own temporarily abandoned novel. I will not be participating in the NaNoWriMo for fear of my GPA taking a a sharp nose dive, but I wonder if this is just an excuse… A lot of people who are attempting this challenge have full time work, spouses, kids, and I’m sure many are students. But here I sit in my cozy home office, fearing something that might absorb me for a limited time. Writing is hard, it’s wonderful, but it’s hard. I read a few things about the people attempting this feat of writing a 50,000 word novel in one month, it seems a lot of them have already written books (published and unpublished), and it makes me feel like a big ole coward. These people have accomplished what I have been threatening to do for almost twenty years. It is my goal to finish the damn thing by 30 (I also plan to loose 30 more pounds, fix the kitchen, complete my Frida garden, and find the meaning of life), but I realize I need to adopt some new habits.
Writers are constantly writing, regardless if it is bad or good, most writers can usually be seen scribbling down a few things every day. I have a laptop (with a good battery life) I have no excuse. I think part of my problem, which a teacher of mine pointed out about herself the other day, is that I self edit. I don’t include all of the things I want to because of a fear of over-examination or poor word choices. I need to realize editing (while good in small doses while writing) can be done later. I have written a lot in my mind, but sometimes when I come to my laptop I encounter an issue/problem and then end up editing out the whole idea. I say no more. Writing will be my hobby, craft, and goal for each day-even if it is not on “the novel”, I will write. It think that it will be a great way to explore new styles and find a clearer voice. Or at least not find my thoughts so boring (well I am stuck with them all day), I might even share some stuff on here-we shall see.