November 1, 2011


This year, I was seriously considering signing up for NaNoWriMo.  And, again, I didn't do it.  What with everything else I have going on, it was just too daunting- too big of a commitment.  But I felt like a real loser.  I've got a novel inside of me... I just need the time to let it out.


And then I discovered NaBloPoMo.  Which is, absolutely, a gigantic copout.  But it's sure making me feel better about myself.

Instead of writing a novel in a month, I'm going to be writing something based on a prompt every day for a month.  It's not exactly cohesive, it's not exactly 50,000 words in 30 days... but it's something.  And I'll feel pretty good about it come December.

The first prompt of the month is, "What is your favorite part about writing?"

Convoluted grammar aside, this prompt completely illustrates why I think it's a copout, but here we go anyway.

Some people see writing as a process, as a formula with a beginning, a middle, and an end.  I only really see it as one element- an action.  To write.  The fact that at the end you have a finished product is sort of irrelevant. I do it because I love it, because I love the satisfaction of putting two words together in a unique way, because of the incomparable ability of words to convey something universal and true, or something completely unknown and mysterious.

I love that within the strict limits of language, absolutely anything is possible.  All you have to do to make something happen, to make another living, breathing human being believe anything even for a split second is to say it the right way.  And there is a right way.  There is always perfection.

At least, in literature.  Probably not on this blog, but in my mind.  In occasional fragments of thoughts, joined into glorious cohesion.  Every once in a while, writing yields something beautiful.  And that is amazing.

But it's not why I do it.  I do it because I love it.  I would write even if I whole-heartedly believed that I sucked at it.  I would write if there was nobody on earth to read it.  I write because words are too important not to use, not to test, and not to experiment with.

My favorite part of writing is writing.

And you're gong to be getting an eyeful of it for the rest of the month.

NaBloPoMo 2011


  1. I think your words are truly beautiful. I love your style of writing, and how it flows.

    I love that the words you chose seem to flow so easily, but wouldn't be my first choice.

    Maybe if I had a thesaurus handy :-P

    Oh & to further comment on the minivan post, lol bc this has been irking me all day.

    I think I equate it to my youth dying, in some odd way.

  2. It's not a cop out at all. I once had an aversion to writing prompts, but they can sometimes take you in completely surprising directions creatively, which can only be a good thing. You lead a busy life, don't be so hard on yourself. Trust me, I know the impulse; no one is harder on me than I am! :-)



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