I haven’t told you guys much about my NaNoWriMo manuscript, because it’s been collecting proverbial dust. Can Microsoft Word docs collect dust? Would it be a dustbyte? (You know, like a terabyte, or some other kinda byte…right?)
(Oh man, the jokes just get worse people. That’s why I generally write things that make people cry or creep them out.)
I figured it was about time for me to bring it up again. I can’t go on pretending like it didn’t happen. Or that I forget about it. That’s the thing about procrastination, you do other things, EXCEPT for the thing that you really want/should to do. Instead you’re doing the other things. Maybe the reluctance is out of fear, confusion, anxiety or just plain orneriness. While you’re doing those other things that you’ve decided have “priority” like cleaning out the fridge or watching that marathon of The Big Bang Theory…you’re still thinking about the thing that you’re avoiding. At least that’s how it works with my treacherous brain. Those of you have that ability to just totally push it out of your mind, I salute you. ::tips hat:: And I ask that you teach me your ways.
Please? I’ve got wine. And cookies. (Procrastinators love wine and cookies.)
You know how you do something silly? And you record it and you put it on YouTube? And then you’re all like, “Whatever, YOLO.” And then you immediately think, “Oh hell, I’m glad I only thought YOLO and didn’t say it out loud.” And then you say it to your boyfriend while making stupid hand gestures, because it gets on his nerves and YOLO?
Asking for a friend.
Here’s my latest video where I talk about this manuscript. I think I’m over procrastinating now. Plus I have a dandy new shirt.
Is there something that you’ve been putting off for a while that you’re taking on in this new year? Let me know in the comments!
Here’s the thing about writing that no one tells you: It’s as emotionally taxing as it is rewarding. When things are going well, you feel like you can soar. Your words are unstoppable locomotives into the imagination, your reader’s mind the station where your ideas are headed. Those days are brilliantly intoxicating, keeping the writer going and sustaining us like life’s breath.
Then there’s those other days.
When the words are terrible. They’re the train that was derailed and broken on the of the tracks, rusting in the hot, unforgiving sun. They have not only destroyed the (potential) reader’s mind landscape, but the writer’s as well. Every single one of those words count. They have meaning and impact. They’re a piece of the writer that has been shined up and offered. When the writer feels the piece is horrible, that’s when those bad feelings happen.
So I made a vlog about it. I talked about how I was feeling- I was in the mud of it guys. The terrible feelings were welling up inside of me and I couldn’t be as bright and happy as I try to be. I like to give a happy light to writers (and readers) who check out my videos, in hopes that the light will make their day brighter.
But this day, my light was burnt out.
However, with the mercurial nature of the writer, that stuff can change in an instant. Or at least with me, it was in a 30 minute word sprint after the #writestuff TweetChat. Suddenly, something *clicked*. Words fell into place. And my light was back. (It doesn’t take much people. Just a breakthrough of mammoth proportions in the form of less than 500 words.)
That’s it you guys. The journey of a writer’s emotions in two short videos. I hope you enjoyed it and let me know in the comments if you can relate.
As you know when I’m around these internets all about that NaNo, all about the NaNo, no edits. (Oh, I do apologize for the cheese. My brain is mush.) It’s been an interesting experience so far. We’re at the week two mark and I just broke 20k, so I’m pleased with the progress.
I want to share a couple videos that I made over the weekend.
This one talks about staying inspired, because NaNoWriMo starts to wear you down a bit.
This one I talk a little bit more about my personal NaNo experience.
I also wanted to share with you this week’s poetry prompt at The Reverie: a chance to look at the headlines. I may write something for this week, I haven’t thought it out yet.
Let me know what you think about all of this in the comments. I miss our chats.