The Month of No Return: Discipline Means Survival


On this day, the first of November, there are three things which can be celebrated.

  1. Halloween is over. The jump scares are no longer a frequent threat.
  2. This is the beginning of the tail end of the fall university semester.
  3. NaNoWriMo has begun.

I never cared much for Halloween, mostly due to my fierce dislike of most things candy, and while looking forward to the end of the semester is promising it is not my current focus. Now begins what I call, the month of discipline.

For those of you who are unaware, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is the annual writing challenge of producing at least 50 000 story words in 30 days. Lets take a moment and do the math on this one.

50 000/30 = ~1666.66 words a day.

Well lends amend this a tiny bit because I am one who believes that a little time away from a project is just as important as diving head first into it. Committing 2000 words a day will have us finished by day 25 so there is potential wiggle room for a break here or there. Break down the math and this looks to be very doable. As I mentioned earlier, discipline is the key.

Every writer has their writing rituals and this month long event is no different.

So, where can you find me for the next 30 days? Short answer is simply in front of my computer doing the following:

  • Writing papers
  • Reading Stories
  • NaNoWriMo
  • Editing Miscellaneous Work

I need blankets, tea, and a case of beer to survive. This is a part of my hermit writing ritual. What’s yours?


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