Thursday, November 20, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014: Day 20

I know that this is going against the spirit of NaNoWriMo, but fuck it, writing 50,000 words is too hard!

What I mean is most of us are not prepared to deal with that kind of pressure. It's the same as going to the gym and trying to lift 100lb weights, because you're full of hopes and dreams. One, it's probably not going to happen, and two, you might hurt yourself.

The surefire way to lift that much weight is to practice with smaller weights. The same goes for writing. Writing 2,000 words is painful if you struggle with 1,000 or less. And that's fine, don't let the number discourage your enjoyment or satisfaction.  Become used to writing a thousand words a day. Turn it into muscle memory, then proceed to 1,500 words in a sitting.

I enjoy crosswords and word finds. They're a fun exercise I try to do once a day. Do I immediately go to the last page with the most difficult puzzles? No. I'm a sane person with a fragile ego, so I do the first couple of pages with the easy puzzles. The simple problems give me a challenge, at first. The more I do, the more easily they're completed.

And it takes time. I've been writing for nearly three years and it's still a challenge, it may always be that way. There may be no time where I can relax in the patio and my daily 2,000 words flow effortlessly out while I bask in the morning sunlight. It's just not going to happen.

Common sense says we can't go to the gym and lift the weights that body builders lift routinely. Writing may seem easier because it's mental, but the same concept applies. Work out your brain muscles. Just because we can't see it doesn't mean it's not there.

If you're feeling sore and bruised all over from this month, don't worry, I am too. All that means is you're working out your creativity, which will lead you to benching your fellow writers; and believe me, that's a ton of fun.