Yesterday was a big writing day. It was the first day of National Novel Writing Month, in which participants write a 50K word novel in 30 days (roughly 1667 words each day). I met my word total, and moved on to the Lady Byron draft that was due this morning. Remember when I said that I should have a complete draft finished by November 2? Yeah, that didn’t happen. Not to say that I didn’t work hard, but sometimes writing is just … difficult. It’s contrite and reductive to say it, but it’s true. I was able to write 5 new pages of introduction, and edited out portions that weren’t working. The paper ended up being 4 pages shorter than it was the week before. I started writing 2 or 3 blog posts about the progress of my writing, but I was bumming myself out.
Here we are, nano day 2. I haven’t worked on the novel yet today because I was wrapping up the introduction of LB and discussion the dissertation. I plan to write a little bit after this blog post and then I will read for class. One of the great things about nanowrimo is that it puts creative writing on the front burner for once. In years past, I have participated on the sidelines, writing 2 to 3K words during the entire month, telling myself that I wasn’t writing because I was working on final papers. But final papers are always going to be due in December, just like they will be due again in May. That’s just the way academia works. If I want to write creatively, I have to find time for it in the midst of my other deadlines. Some people call it time management. I call it taking full advantage of life.
Tomorrow begins the first of a month-long series on writing in academia. Every Wednesday I will write on responding to CFPs, conference and seminar papers, and more. If you have any particular topics you would like me to cover, let me know. As always, comments are always welcome and appreciated.
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