So, I'm taking a stab at this NaBloPoMo thing again. Thirty straight days of blogging. I wish I could do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), the original from which all the other Na's spun off, but I can't fathom putting 50,000 words or more down in that amount of time. Perhaps if my writing habits were more efficient, I'd try. But they are not. They are disgusting.
To wit, here's a typical writing session:
1. Open Word document. Read last paragraph written. Sigh. Take a sip of (coffee/tea/water/beer/wine).
2. Write sentence. Delete sentence. Write paragraph. Feel deserving of break. Check Facebook.
3. Go back to Word document. Read last two paragraphs. Write three more. You're on a roll. Until. A glitch. A bad spot of dialogue that needs fixing. You need to think on this. Check email.
4. Pour more coffee/tea/water/beer/wine. Check out boots on Zappos you've had your eye on. Sigh. You didn't carve this time from your day to shop, after all. Click to Word document. Oh yeah. Bad dialogue that needs fixing. Attempt to resolve. Still not right. Go to Google reader and peruse blogs. Remember book you wanted to put on hold at library. Put that book, and five others, in queue. Return to Word document. Finally correct horrendous dialogue so it's coherent. Get up, go to cupboard and fetch one-pound bar of Trader Joe's 72% dark chocolate. Break off two squares and eat quickly. Break off another square. Try to savor.
5. Back to the bloody Word document. Sigh. You're tired of these characters. Who cares anyway? You'll never get this manuscript published. You're wasting hours, days, years of your life chasing something that won't happen. Wish someone was around to talk to. Text best friend.
6. Force another three paragraphs out. It's like juicing a boulder. Read what you've written so far that session. Feel shock that it equals a whole page and is decent.
Instead of NaNoWriMo, I'll just bore you with my life's November minutiae. Because somehow, even though writing fiction, which I claim to love and need, is often about as enjoyable as eating a handful of chalk, I seem to be able to, when necessary, tap out a blog post with few distractions.
Hope to see you around these parts. As always, thanks for reading!