I’ve just had a gi-normous (and much-needed) kick up the backside from author and fellow blogger, Kristen Lamb. Let me explain: Some of you may know that a few weeks ago I signed up to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This is an event that has been going on every November for many years. I’ve never done it before, but thought this year would be a great time to start. The aim of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel –at least 50,000 words, start to finish, in thirty days. Specifically, in November.
I have started the novel…but have experienced a severe bout of ‘writer apathy.’ It’s not the same as ‘writer’s block.’ No, no. With writer’s block you want to write, but the ideas, or words, just won’t come. With writer apathy, you simply can’t be bothered.
Well, as many of you know, I have international experience as a recognised expert in Avoidance Behavior. (Big call, I hear you say… Well, I have been recognised internationally. Many times. For example, I might have dinner with someone in Namibia. The next day they most certainly will recognise me. And, I am well known for my expertise in Avoidance Behavior, as demonstrated many times in this very blog. So, yes, a big call, but deserved. Okay?)
Writing 50,000 words in thirty days means that, on average, one must write about 1700 words/day. (1667, to be precise). I did that the first day. And several days since. Trouble is, most days I have written few, if any words I like my topic, and the writing is going well–if it goes at all. Mostly I just don’t get around to it. For example, at this very moment I am busy writing a post for my blog instead of writing my nano novel. I do hope you appreciate the sacrifice. Meanwhile, I now need to write just under 4000 words/day. Is anybody wishing me luck? Or taking bets?
That’s where Kristin’s blog article comes in. Boy, did she nail me to the wall! And her remarks would apply to anything/anyone suffering project apathy. It’s worth checking out–but do wear some padding on your butt. MM
Kristen’s blog is here: