Halfway There

It feels like I’ve broken the blogging or journaling habit. While writing upwards of two thousand words a day for “National Novel Writing Month”, it hasn’t even occurred to me to write about daily life.

I sit down at the old Macintosh late on an evening, type like a crazed lunatic for an hour, and then walk away. Even on the tough days when the enthusiasm isn’t there, I still do it. I’m just concentrating on writing – emptying my head of memories each time I sit down. I have a collection of cue cards – daily prompts if you will – things from the past that I think I might be able to write a few words about. It seems to be working so far.

I’m far, far ahead of schedule to write fifty thousand words by month-end. If I keep going at this rate, I may well finish with several days to spare. I still find myself smiling during the quiet moments – every time I have tried NaNoWriMo in the past, I have failed, and failed quickly. This time I have really attacked it, and kept at it – dogmatic to the point of idiocy. And it’s working.

I’m enjoying the writing. I’m not sure if it’s just down to spending an hour inside my own head each night, or a byproduct of reminiscing with myself about people, places, and events from my past. It’s become cathartic – looking back and ruminating somewhat. I’m not sure anybody else will ever be interested in the thirty-odd-thousand words I’ve written so far, but you never know.

Time to go put the kettle on, and perhaps write a few more words.

7 Replies to “Halfway There”

  1. Well that’s fantastic. Cathartic indeed. Teensy bit envious that you’ve achieved this wordcount 😂 but attempting to stick to the plot of a pre-planned novel has its limitations. I think you have something there … if I wrote about my memories, I’d not get blocked at all!

    Hope you can create a work out of it when you’ve finished?

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    1. I appear to have lucked into the easiest way to do NaNoWriMo. I just filled Scrivener up with cards for all sorts of things – each job I’ve had, each school I went to, each computer I owned, and just thought about each bike I had too – any subject at all gives rise to all manner of either interesting (to me), or funny stories.

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      1. Then will be funny Jonathan … you write beautifully.
        The harder bit will be deciding whether it can end up being some funny ‘How to …. ‘ book … or turning it into a fiction and creating a lead male who then moves through each chapter … ☺️

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