Michelle has an hour – maybe even an hour and a half – on a Tuesday evening to write. What does she do? a. Hunkers down and churns out one – possibly even two – blog posts. b. Hunkers down and churns out a blog post and works on a story she started in 2009 and wants to finish before this year is out. c. Faffs about on the Internet before deciding to hunker down on the blog post, but then gets sidetracked by a rabbit trail later known as Reading Doctor Who Quotes. Is left with a few jotted notes and (at least) a picture to go with today’s post.
Well, she picks “c”, of course, much to her consternation and frustration. (Because when in doubt on a multiple choice test, always pick “c”.)
But, on the plus side, I didn’t mentally beat myself into the ground over my poor choice yesterday evening. I finally decided to walk away from my desk after sticking my tongue out at my computer screen reflection and spent the remaining evening hours relaxing while letting ideas for today’s post simmer in the back of my mind.
I do realize, though, I need to cultivate a better writing work ethic. Not only because I’m currently putting in more hours at my office job, but also because National Novel Writing Month is 31 days away. And this year’s plan is not only to have fun (you non-NaNoWriMo folks think that’s an oxymoron, I know), but also to have a good writing schedule in place so I don’t have to put everything else on the sidelines. You know, things like housework and exercise and seeing other people.
Speaking of NaNoWriMo (and why I was Googling Doctor Who quotes), I think the below shall be my motto for the month of November writing-wise:
“Do what I do – hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!” -The Doctor, Doctor Who “The Widow and the Wardrobe” (2011 Christmas special)
After all, at present all I have is a rough idea for what will probably become my main character and I’m rifling through ideas for if not a plot, at least a really good starting point along with an ending point. The main character is looking like it will be a man who is a pastor and (unknown to the church congregation) also a writer. He uses a pseudonym of course (as a writer, not as a pastor – though the latter is an intriguing idea). I think it has the opportunity to be both comedic with some good serious moments. But I may possibly be working with something completely different once November 1st arrives and then have something altogether different from that by November 30th.
Yup – I’ll definitely be holding tight and pretending it’s a plan.