For the next thirty days, one of two things will happen here on my blog.
1. Things go fantastically, stupendously well with NaNoWriMo, and I easily mount ever higher word counts in the quest to reach 50,000 words of new prose by the end of the month. If I succeed in reaching that goal before November 30th, I’m treating myself to an all-you-can-eat sushi night. If this happens, I’ll be way too busy to be updating here regularly.
2. Things go wretchedly, dismally poorly with NaNoWriMo, and I never reach the goal. Not only will I be deprived of all-you-can-eat sushi celebration, I will be denied sushi until 2010 and a more horrible punishment I cannot imagine. As a result, more time will be spent here on the blog instead of writing the novel.
I feel really good about this NaNo. Really good. Even though my plot is somewhat nebulous, I feel like I can get these 50,000 words. Sushi will be mine — oh yes, it will be mine.
However, removing distractions are a must, and one big one for me is keeping up with the blogs about town, many of which are also covering, if not outright participating, in NaNoWriMo. And one of the non-writing blogs I read, Merlin Mann’s 43 Folders, made a very salient point:
When I’m reading about writing, I’m not writing.
Read the rest of the article. Just the one. He summarizes the plethora of writing advice that will run the web-gamit this month — or at least all the advice that’s worth a damn.
Then get back to writing!
(And that goes for me, too. I’m outie!)