It’s November 2nd. Here’s a few things I don’t like about November 2nd. Just a few.
First: the Internet. Yes, you, Internet. This is you:
I voted days ago, Internet. STFU. Seriously.
Second: the folks who are trying to help you stay motivated for NaNoWriMo.
They’re like: “How’s it going on that, umm… Nah No Wree Mo thing? All done?”
And you’re like:
Seriously. You got six thousand words done on your first day — what did they do?
(Also: if you seriously got six thousand words done yesterday, I hate you a little bit — just a little. I’m still doing revisions, so I haven’t actually started NaNoWriMo yet. Soon. Soooon…)
The final thing on my short little list-of-dislikes today?
WHY is it that I always get a pile of good ideas for new stories when I’m already working on
one two three other things?
If you’re having this problem (and I’m going to guess that you either are, or will very shortly), get a notebook and keep it handy by your writing desk. Or writing space. Or wherever you do your thing. Writing Jacuzzi. Whatever. Keep a notebook handy, and when you get a shiny, new, distracting idea for a story, open up your notebook, write the idea down…
… and then slam that notebook shut as hard as you can. Punish those little bastards. They are not your friends right now: they’re like those exes who ignore you until they hear you’re dating someone new, then suddenly call you up and want to hook up for drinks. They have ulterior motives, is what I’m saying; do not trust them.
You know what I love, though? Two things.
1. Biting off more than I can chew.
Seriously, I think that’s my second favorite part of November: the insanity of it. De wrote a few weeks back about how we should always challenge ourselves to do more than we did the last time — I was pretty busy last November, but I do have a pretty good idea for what I’m going to accomplish this year; we’ll see how that turns out. I think that she really nailed one of the best things about NaNoWriMo: the opportunity to really push yourself. That’s good stuff.
2. Hanging out in the madhouse.
Kate said to me once “You’re really good at November,” by which I think she meant that I’m super productive during this month and often really struggle to stay focused a lot of the rest of the time. She’s right, and I think the reason for that is the simple fact that I’m like some kind of vampire creature who feeds off the collective creative energy oozing out of every tube on the internet this month.
It’s heady stuff.
How about you? What do you love/hate about this time of year?