This Writing Life

Every year, most writers take up the National November Writing Challenge aka NanoWrimo, where the goal is to write 50,000 words (full length novel) in 30 days. This boils down to roughly 1667 words per day.

I am one of such writers.

It’s the fifth day and I have written 7,500 words and instead of doing a happy dance and indulging in three cups of black coffee, I’ve been watching this Turkish telenovela that I’m obsessed with [ Erkenci Kus].

MacBook Pro, white ceramic mug,and black smartphone on table
Andrew Neel/

So, what do you do when you have been writing this story that in your mind is so awesome, but a few words in, it suddenly falls flat?

Should you:

(a) stop writing [ I am extremely tempted to do this because, hey, I have done it before and the number of incomplete manuscripts under my bed outnumber my shoes].

(b) keep writing

(c) ask the world, but surely not google, because you don’t have time to go through over a thousand search results.

(d) take a break, do the opposite of what you really want to do.

If I had a star rating for every time I’ve been pushed into patience by these words and this writing life, then I’d be the queen of stars and could probably trade one or two for a book. This month’s started out in an unexpected way, losing an aunt and my grandfather in a span of fourteen days, certainly has taken it’s toll on my mom and there’s more to be done here and there, but I’m taking each day and each surge of loss as it comes.

The best part is that I’m finally reading Cloud Atlas and can always go on adventures when I cannot seem to write anything.



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