I’m writing this post, not because I’m procrastinating (maybe a little bit), but because I just had a thought…
I seem to find all my best ideas when I’m not looking for them. Or when I am as far from a pen and paper (let alone my computer), as possible—falling asleep (especially this one), waking up from dreams (before falling back asleep), driving in the car, showers…Basically whenever I’m the most relaxed…and writing is the most inconvenient.
And then, at the most convenient times, I find myself staring at the screen and feeling so distracted—Instead of thinking about writing, my mind is off in a hundred other places doing a checklist for the car and groceries, wondering if there’s a correlation between writing and exercising and if I exercise more, will that improve my writing??? Even other non-NaNo writing projects seem more urgent.
So…50k aside, I think part of the purpose of NaNoWriMo is to TRAIN YOURSELF TO WRITE when you *ARE* distracted and uninspired.
And then again, good or bad, 50k IS THE POINT—good OR bad—but WORDS. They don’t have to be cohesive or interesting. This is the one thing that is all about quantity not quality. Because if you can spend a month writing 50k of the worst thing you can imagine, the most UNinspired, blah, boring, piece of work…
IMAGINE what you will be able to write when you are INSPIRED.
And remember WriMos (as said by someone very smart)—“Research isn’t writing. WRITING is writing.”