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What are your opinions on National Novel Writing Month?

Nov 01, 2012
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What are your opinions on National Novel Writing Month?

Looking at a blank page of paper is pretty scary, but if you’ve got this repeatable project set out, you know what you’re supposed to do.
Kate Bingaman-Burt

Honestly, I don’t know much about NaNoWriMo, but I think anything that helps people stick to a daily routine can’t be all bad.

I really think the day is the ultimate time unit for artists, because it’s the only really natural time unit that we can sense intuitively— the sun goes, up, the sun goes down. (Weeks are totally artificial.) If you have a shitty day, you go to sleep and start over again.

And there’s real power to doing something daily for 365 days — witness my friends Chad Hagen and Lisa Congdon.

Most creative people I know either work early in the morning or late at night — those times when the rest of the world is sleeping. The Europeans have it right: afternoons are for sleeping. (Dickens said of afternoons, “I detest this mongrel time, neither day nor night.”)

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  1. elaine4queen said: i’m doing the NaBloPoMo - the november blog event. i have been blogging for years, and switched this year to wordpress which was good for my writing, and did a month stint for migraine month, also good. never fancied writing a novel, though!
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