Do any of you guys have a draft post saved for your blogging ideas? I have to write down everything that comes to mind on what to blog about, because I’m afraid of someday running out of ideas. I was going through that list just now when I saw the following: “Need a GPS tracker for my bra.” Well…I don’t even remember writing that. I guess I was planning on blogging about it, but that’s pretty weird. I bet I came up with the idea during the week I was chugging Nyquil…
|I taunt you with my ability to get lost
in the most random places.
Even if it is true. I’m always losing my bras! I would throw large amounts of money at any store that stocked bras with not only great support but little trackers sewn into the cups, and a remote locator for your keychain. Except I also need a tracker for my keychain.
I promise I’m not on Nyquil right now!
What does that even have to do with writing? This kind of crazy rambling makes me worry about something else I have in that little draft list of mine: acting like a writer.
(Yeah, I get to strike two topics out of my list!)
My biggest challenge is treating this as a profession and not a hobby. Yesterday I was filling out paperwork for an optometrist appointment and they asked for my hobbies. (My new eye doctor wants to know my hobbies? Cool!) I put down writing and reading. Then I thought, wait a second. My hobbies are sewing, freaking out over steampunk stuff, and making jewelry (speaking of, I made an awesome bracelet yesterday, I think I’ll post a pic of it soon).
Writing is not a hobby. I want people to throw money at me for my books someday! That’s called a profession. I can go weeks without working on my hobbies and not feel guilty about it. If I go longer than a few days without writing new words or at least doing something with my WIP, I feel like I’m cheating myself out of something awesome. We writers fall into the small category of lucky people who get paid for doing something we love (or we have the goal of eventually getting paid).
So I don’t always approach writing like it’s a job. I don’t act like a writer. I realized this just in time for NaNoWriMo. I’ve never participated in the past, because I tell myself I don’t have the discipline to write 2000 words a day.
Bull-honky. When I’m really on a roll, I can crank out 2000 words in under an hour. Usually 500 words takes me about an hour, but even then, that means I can do 2000 words if I get strict with my writing schedule and eliminate distractions. (Goodbye, Facebook! *cry*)
I guess I’m saying I’ll commit to doing NaNoWriMo this year. Eep! But it’s exciting, because I’ve been wanting to get the first draft of Cobalt done so I can outline a dark and spooky YA fantasy that’s been bouncing around in my brain the last couple of weeks.
With NaNo, I’m committing to not only making a huge dent in my WIP, but learning more about treating this as a job, acting like a writer and not a dabbler. I have a feeling that not only will the next month be exhausting and crazy-making, but I’ll come out of it with some new tools and talents, and a lot more discipline.
What about you guys? Who’s doing NaNo this year too? Who’s done it before? Any tips or advice?
And…has anyone seen my black bra? It’s been missing for days.