For the last few years, I have been trying my damnedest to finish a book for National Novel Writing Month. I haven’t been able to do it yet but this year, I think I will start on the prep for it early. Seeing as how, I don’t have a lot of major commitments in my life at this time, I can give myself the space to do this.
I have had a few characters and plot ideas banging around in my head for a long time. I also have some ideas for some non-fiction writing that I wouldn’t mind getting out on the table. One of which is a modern pagan how-to book. My other option would be to post on my blog every day for a month and write 1667 words a day. I suppose I could start that anytime as practice for doing a daily count.
The most challenging part will be making sure that I carve out the couple of hours I need to write the 1667 words. I can’t cheat by starting the word count now. However, I can start the practice of finding time. I don’t exactly have an excuse for not finding the time. I already cancelled my Netflix account (I already found a free streaming site that’s better anyways) and I have been making sure to spend at least a couple hours after work not looking at a screen. The phone time is starting to be cut down, I could take the next step and keep it out of my room, I have this bad habit of reading on it before bed. I know that the blue light is not good for my brain and sleep in general but I am pretty sure I have an addiction to it. I can talk about screen addition later, I am sure a few people have this problem.
NaNoWriMo is an excellent example of a habit building process. You need 30 days to build a new habit. It sounds easy but by the time you get to week three, it become much harder to keep up the energy. This past summer I tried my own exercise to build up a meditation and yoga practice. It worked well for the first two weeks but on the third week, I ran into a snag because I was on vacation. So, if you are going to do NaNoWriMo, don’t plan a vacation in the middle of it. That goes for any habit building process.
This will be the year that I finish, this will be the year that I build up the habit (if I keep up this, I will make it happen).