Friday, August 20, 2010

Just do it.

I'm not a disciplined writer.  I wish I could be.  I've always wanted to be one of those writers who schedules a time and place for writing every day.  You know, the ones who end up being successful.  Stephen King's On Writing gives me this advice.  My writing group gives me this advice.  So what do I do instead?  Binge write. 

I'm a feast or famine writer.  I fling a few words on paper here and there, but usually find a way to procrastinate until it's bedtime.  Then it's just another day at work, another evening of procrastination, another night of sleep. (Or lack thereof.  I'm sort of an insomniac.)

Why do I even consider myself a writer?  What's that saying?  A writer writes.  If you want to be a writer, write.  (No, I don't know who said that.  Someone help me out?)

As I said, I binge write.  Just so you know, there's no other outlet for enabling binge writer like NaNoWriMo.  Go to the website and check it out.  Every November writers from all over get together for one big online writing orgy.  50K words of a novel in 30 days.  NaNo's little brother, ScriptFrenzy, is held each April.  100 pages of a screenplay (roughly a feature-length film) in 30 days. 

Who is in this year?  You know I am.  It's the only time that I stick to my writing commitments. I'll be tweeting like crazy this year, and would love to participate in word count challenges.  Who else is in?  Let me know so I can stalk you on twitter.


  1. I am seriously thinking of doing Nano this year...I'm just not sure I can put my WIP aside for one of the other ideas I have floating around.

  2. I'm a binge writer too although I keep trying to be a scheduled writer.

    I love NaNo! I did it the last 3 years so I'm sure I'll do it again this year. I did Script Frenzy once too, which was fun, but I like novels better.