Yesterday kicked off the National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. The goal of the event is to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. 50,000 words in 30 days is a daunting challenge, and it really forces the part of your brain that is constantly editing yourself to turn itself off, and just. Keep. Going. Part of my problem creatively lately is that I come up with a great idea, then my brain promptly starts coming up with reasons why it’s NOT a good idea, then Apple releases the damn iPhone app I’ve had in my sketchbook for three years and I bang my head against my desk until I fall asleep. I need to change that behavior.
50,000 words in 30 days works out to exactly 1,667 words per day. Considering that thanks to my unexpected workday yesterday, I’m down to 29 days, that means that this, and every successive post for the next month will have to be at least 1,724 words. By contrast, my Where Are All The Black People post from last week was 1,213 words, and a large chunk of that was copied emails from August. So yeah, it’s a lot of writing.
The thing is, I’m not looking to write a novel. That’s never been a goal of mine. My goal is to make writing this blog a part of my normal routine, and hopefully build some other positive routines on top of that. This is the third iteration of this blog; the first, The Funky Diabetic, fizzled out shortly after my Diabetes Bike Ride of Death a few years ago. The second was just earlier this year, when I wrote about the advertising classes I was taking, and my journey towards becoming an art director. That one died after I was grossly and unfairly denied my proper internship (Hi Mike and Kurt!), and I realized without a class to bitch about, I didn’t really have anything to write about besides the crappy summer we had here in Seattle, the problems with the Ohio State football program, and my ongoing vendetta against ESPN. Topics which, if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’re probably tired of reading about.
They say that it takes 21-28 days for something to become a habit. I think this NaNoWriBlog exercise will be good for me-I need better habits than the ones I’ve got now, and if this can be the catalyst for eating better, or working out more, then this project is a winner. Gym, Blog, Laundry. *fistpump*
Word Count: 425
Total Word Count: 425