Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013

I have two guilty pleasures. Well, I'm sure I have a lot more. However, for the purposes of this post, I am going to limit myself to two.

1. I love television. Good shows, bad shows, shows about vampires, shows about motorcycle clubs... I like to be transported into another world. Usually, I try to let these worlds be in the form of books, but every so always, I get suckered into television shows. Topping the list right now is a very uncharacteristic show for me, Sons of Anarchy. Netflix offered me a free month of streaming and that has lead me to this guilty pleasure. I am attracted to characters. And Sons of Anarchy offers me some really complex characters.

I can't help myself.

*This preview is not recommended for all audiences.

If you watched this preview, you can probably tell that this is not my normal cup of tea. However, I'm sure you paid close attention to the blonde guy with a mission to civilize. Characters captivate me every time. Even if they are motorcycle riding outlaws.


2. I love sleeping in. I'm a dreamer. Day dreamer, night dreamer, and early morning dreamer. Some of the best dreams happen in those hours before you wake up. Dreams that you can close your eyes again and fall back into. The result is too often I turn off my alarm and sleep beyond a decent hour. I sleep in so late that the morning brew is cold. Now, I don't mean noon or anything. But still, I sleep in.

These two guilty pleasures are a hinderance for multiple reasons. For one, they take up a lot of time. Time that I should be devoting to what I call my job - writing. For two, they control my brain. When I'm already obsessed with a story, be it dream world or television world, it is hard to sway that obsession to another story. One that takes far more brain power and focus to create.

The first step in fixing a problem is admitting that you have a problem.

I have a problem. I'm wasting time. Granted, in my opinion, it is time well wasted. I just need to make it time wasted in smaller portions. I've got a job to do. I've got stories to write.

It is November, which in the writing world is known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The purpose of the month is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. The purpose of this month for me is to serve as proper motivation. It is time to stop wasting time. My stories need to be written.

This is my public decree.

I'm packing my bags and getting to work.

I'll see you in December. 


Questions? Comments? Snide remarks?