It has been a long time since I’ve written anything of any substance or length. Since then, I’ve learned that uninterrupted writing time really is a luxury, and you may think it’s easy to make time for it, but it’s not, especially when you have a million other things pressing at your brain from all angles. They tell you to write a few words here and there, just to get something down, but I find that I can’t get into the story that way. I need to sit down with it for a long time and immerse myself in it.
NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, and I’m hoping it gives me the spark I need to really start writing again. Last year’s NaNo was the only one I ever lost (but a loss is never truly a loss in NaNo), and I want to make sure it’s the only one I lose. Still, 50,000 words seems like an impossible dream.
The only strategy I have is the one I used when I wrote 2013’s NaNoWriMo story: use the morning to my advantage. Because I recently moved, my commute to work was cut down from an hour to 30 minutes. It used to take me only about 30 minutes to hammer out 1,667 words per day (the minimum daily word count to reach 50,000), so if I can get to work 30 minutes earlier, I can use that uninterrupted time to write. (There is one other crazy, overzealous person besides me in the office at 6:30 in the morning.)
Now, about that story idea… I don’t even know if I have one yet. (But that will be a separate post!)