Writers not participating in NaNoWriMo are meeting new characters and crafting new plots … or not.
Real life threatens to interfere with writing on a daily basis for some writers; we squeeze in moments between breaths and cross our fingers and hope nothing races by that we need to see. There are days it seems easier to pushing writing tasks back and back again until falling into bed and only interacting with characters until sleep comes.
Those days, it helps to keep Ray Bradbury’s quote in mind: “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
Without writing, all of those tasks that seem so important can crowd your brain and your heart and build on each other until reality seems too big to manage. For writers, taking the time to write through reality can be the difference between being in control of life and having life control you.
So skip a load of laundry or order pizza — or both — tonight and take a few minutes to get drunk on your words.
How long can you go without writing before feeling stressed or overwhelmed?