[Edit: since I didn’t have much internet over the past few days, this is actually a glimpse into the past. I’m not actually in a car. I’m preparing for the final day of Nanowrimo 2013. Enjoy anyway!]
Greetings from the North! I’m writing to you in a car on the road from Iowa to Minnesota, a four hour ride filled with basically nothing. To pass the time, my friend suggested counting cows on the side of the road. That’s a summary of this trip.
Right now, we’re surrounded by many shades of orange and brown and yellow, which I find pretty despite many opinions I’ve heard in contradiction. For a while, we were the only car on the road, although now that we’ve reached Minnesota, the highway is a bit more active.
Basically, it’s a great writing environment. All of those writers who went into solitude got it right, I think. No distractions. A steady, unchanging landscape.
Another important thing about this week, besides Thanksgiving, is of course the last week of Nanowrimo. I didn’t realize until about a week ago that this Thanksgiving break is the last week of writing madness. Usually break falls in the middle of Nano, so it’s the perfect time to catch up and get on track. However, now, with the break falling at the very end, things have been madness. Writing has been crazy and constant. Every spare moment is taken up by throwing words down on the page. Thankfully, I’m staying with a good friend for Thanksgiving, and our relaxation time on laptops is daily.
I think, when you’re a writer, you have to learn to write on the go and write anywhere. This is especially evident with Nano, seeing as there’s a strict deadline and all, but it’s applicable to the craft as a whole. Sometimes there’s no time to just sit down and have a perfect set-up, a perfect atmosphere, for writing. Sometimes, like today, the only guaranteed free time you have is in the form of a four hour car trip. Sure, it’s a great time to sit back and listen to music and watch the fields pass by, but it also serves as an invaluable time to get words down.
It’s why wherever I go I carry a notebook in my purse. You just never know when you’re going to have a bit of free time to write. Instead of surfing the internet at the doctor’s office or the DMV or a bus stop, try pulling out a notebook and jotting down a few sentences. Everything helps, and writing continually will help keep you in practice. It will keep the ideas going and help you keep the stories fresh in your mind.
Just saying, anything and everything is helpful to a writer trying to get through a story. It isn’t much work to carry around a little notebook in your purse, and plus, it’s a lot more stylish than looking at your phone all the time.
Best of luck to you Nanowrimo participants heading into the last day of the month!
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Current word count: 44,785 / 50,000