In Getting Unstuck without Coming Unglued: A Woman’s Guide to Unblocking Creativity, author Susan O’Dougherty says that, “Writers tend to identify patterns and connect random events, to find – or create – meaning in a chaotic universe.” I have been thinking about the relationship between National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). In NaBloPoMo, writing must be produced every single challenge day. Regarding NaNoWriMo, one award-winning author and writing coach, Beth Barany, said that she takes days off during the month to recharge. Days off! And she’s on track to write 80,000 (of the 50,000 required) words by the end of this month.
And, according to the rules of NaNoWriMo, one need not reveal one’s outpouring. This potentially “secret” writing is aimed at having us quash our inner critic so that we may produce a robust first draft.
Here, in my hand-drawn infographic, are my thoughts about the relationship between both Na’s and creating a body of work.
I photographed this while there was still sunlight. Of course, one may add more pay-offs above “Great Writing.” “Creating Community,” and “Dissemination of Ideas,” come to mind.
In this month of word production, we carve out the time, soldier through distractions and blocks, grumble about having to write through a Major (American) Holiday, tap into our resourcefulness, renew our faith in ourselves, and create meaning in a random universe.