Day 22: Home stretch

Two thirds of the way through the month! To be frank, it has been easier to come up with daily topics than I thought it would be. Turns out there’s a lot of shit to talk about in the realms of politics and religion… Who knew?

Here’s an overview from the past week:

9 posts containing 5,581 words. I wrote about the lies told by anti-choicers, oppression, the tenacity of the human spirit, the right wing propensity toward violencenew projects on the horizon, and more.  My original goal was 15,000 words for the month, which I’ve already exceeded. I’ve written more with each passing week, and I’m proud of that accomplishment, but it’s crazy to think that I am going to need to more than double my output in order to reach the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words for the month of November. This blog will definitely be taking a backseat to other writing endeavors starting November 1, so I hope you all enjoy being inundated with my daily ramblings while they last.

I already spend a lot of time on the computer, so committing to something like NaNoWriMo will likely require that I spend even more time in front of a screen, and that’s going to require some changes. To that end, I’ll be buying either a treadmill desk or a stationary bike desk by the end of the month. Having gained at least 20 pounds over the last year (thanks, laziness and desk job!), I definitely need to make some positive changes so that I don’t pack on even more weight while writing a novel. I thought about hiring an assistant to follow me around and take dictation as I jog, but it turns out that hiring an assistant is rather expensive, whereas buying some sort of workout machine is usually just a one-time purchase. I’ll probably also play around with some dictation software on my phone, so that I can run around my neighborhood and provide residents an opportunity to play Bluetooth Or Crazy, everyone’s favorite 21st century game.

This will be my last week working at 4am as well, so there will be a lot of changes in my life by the end of the month. For starters, I’ll be working a regular 8-5 shift, so I can actually have a social life again! It’s amazing how difficult it is to maintain friendships and do, well, anything when you go to bed at 7pm. It complicates everything, so I’m glad I won’t have to deal with that for much longer. I’ll also be able to take public transit to work, so I’ll have about 40 minutes every day to read or write as the mood strikes. Lots of positive changes have me excited for what’s in store, especially since I have proven to myself that I *can* take the time to create something every day, even if it’s just writing out my thoughts on a given topic. It has spread to other areas of my life, giving me the creative drive to start writing music again and the confidence to start writing my first book.
This is just the beginning.

This has been Day 22 of my blog-a-day goal for the month of October. I hope to write 500 words or more per day, or ~15,000 for the month, to get myself in the habit of writing every day. How do you keep yourself motivated for creative pursuits? It’s definitely something I find difficult.

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