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by on Oct.25, 2009, under Writing

nano_09_blk_participant_120x240.pngI used to write a lot. I used to read a lot. It is easy to get sidetracked by the daily monotony of life and to fall back to doing nothing when you have spare time. You think, “Well, if I just relax for a while I’ll be recharged.” This is never the case, at least not for me. After a day of doing nothing I usually feel far worse than I did the day before.

Because of this, I’ve decided to force myself into a writing competition to keep myself active in those moments when I feel like ‘doing nothing’. This is not a normal competition. I don’t win anything if I finish. Compare it to a marathon, 26.2 miles of pure torture on your body, the NaNoWriMo competition is 26.2 miles of exacting torture on your mind; the goal is to compete and finish, not to get first place. As a writing competition, I feel lacking, as you can well tell by both my sentence structure and my horrible use of punctuation. If an author like Terry Goodkind can write and succeed, surely I can produce at least one literary work.

Partially inspired by a coworkers entry into the competition, and partially because I’ve been ruminating a story in my mind for the last month, the National Novel Writing Month competition is the perfect excuse to begin writing again. Up until now, my longest, complete story was about 10 pages; a short story about a waif whom peddles his services for food. I’ve started and stopped writing 2 separate novels, unable to make it beyond the 10th chapter for either. I am most prolific as either a technical writer, constructing tutorials for software, or as a poet, writing pointless drivel about absolutely nothing.

So here’s to the upcoming National Novel Writing Month (November). Support your local authors by trolling twitter for #NaNoWriMo all next month.

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