When it’s all about you and your novel

The following is a guest post from Mark Horejsi.  Mark is a writer, communicator and traceur.  He is also a student of history, political science and journalism.  Above all, he is a storyteller: he has been writing for almost 20 years and it has been his ambition to make a career of it for almost as long.  He likes to acquire new projects until he has more than he can handle and is learning how to do backflips.  These two things may be related.



These are all kind of important…

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I don’t know about you, but I’m not a full-time writer. I would love to be, but I’m still learning the craft and, you know, writing the things I hope to sell. Since I’m not making income writing, I have a full-time job. In addition to that, I do things that take time away from writing but are essential for my continued well-being and health, things like parkour and other exercise, like chores and sleep and like spending time with my friends, family and girlfriend.

But imagine if, just for a little while, you could drop some of that. What if you decided that, just for a little while, you were going to let a few thing slide and really get some work done?

That, for me, has been the joy of NaNoWriMo. I can’t let everything slide, but just maybe, I can let my friends and family know that they won’t see as much of me in November (unless they come to NaNoWriMo meets). Maybe I can let the dust pile up in the corners. Maybe I can tweak my exercise schedule a bit. Maybe I can go to bed half an hour or an hour later and use the time to write. There are a lot of ways I can save a few minutes here and there. Do a couple of them and they’ll add up.

NaNoWriMo isn’t a time when you can avoid all life’s responsibilities (well, you can, but I don’t advise it). Rather, it’s a time when you can reshuffle those priorities. If you’re like me, writing is an important part of life, but  life can’t revolve around it if you want to keep having a life. But NaNoWriMo can be an opportunity to shake that up. And maybe in the process, you’ll learn some new tricks that give you a lot of time to write.

If you’re like me and you might benefit from planning these things out, then check out my post about Finding Time to Write, which includes my handy time planning spreadsheet.