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This is only the second day of my 100 Days of Words challenge and I’m experiencing something that I’ve only ever experienced once before: my brain is constantly thinking about writing. Let me explain.
A couple of years back — 2013, I think? — I took part in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) event where writers from all over the world attempt to write a 50k-word novel during the 30 days of November. It’s a hell of a feat because it not only forces you to write every day, but you have to write 1,667 words every day. It is no easy task to stay committed and any lack of consistency only makes it harder to catch up. Miss just one day and you’ll need to write 3,334 words the next day.
Now, because (in true NaNoWriMo fashion) I hadn’t planned anything, I was always afraid I wouldn’t know what to write when 7pm came around and I sat down to write my 2k words for the day. Except, this never happened, and the reason is a phenomenon I like to call Active Inspiration.
Now that I’m doing this challenge, I’m finally experiencing it again, and it’s awesome.
The moment I commit myself to writing every single day, my mind switches into overdrive. Every tiny break I take, I’m thinking about writing. I’m looking at people differently. I’m absorbing situations and conversations differently. It’s not even something I’m consciously doing; I’m washing my hands, boom! fight scene. I’m walking to my car, short story plot.
It’s like my mind is actively looking for inspiration every minute of the day. It’s formulating the words like a cloud, putting thoughts and ideas together. Sometimes a sentence comes to me. Sometimes a piece of dialogue.
I had to go to the dentist today. Originally thought I needed a root canal treatment (turns out there was something weird with the x-ray and all I needed was a filling, yey!). As I was lying there, waiting for the local anesthetic to kick in I got to thinking about Under the Dome. I’m watching Season 1 right now — no spoilers! — and this guy Junior’s got this girl locked up in a bomb shelter because he thinks the fact she doesn’t love him is something he can fix.
Weird shit, I know.
He keeps telling her he won’t let her out until she truly loves him, and I got to thinking:
Why can’t she just say she loves him and get this over with? Is this just a TV/movie device to ramp up the drama? Would a woman in real life prefer to antagonize a man like that, or would she simply just go with it so she can get out alive?
My mind is reeling with questions now and the funny part is that they’re not even related to what I’m actually doing. The dentist’s asking me if my lower lip is numb so he can start
torturing me drilling and I’m thinking about this crazy dude who kidnapped a girl to make her love him. And then, this pops into my head:
What if a guy kidnaps a woman and threatens her, not because he actually cares about her loving him, but because he wants to test whether this is just a TV/movie device or a real thing that happens?
And it scares me because the next few thoughts that follow lead me down darker and darker paths. I can’t stop thinking about it. I love the concept so much. It’s a short story I could (and probably will) write. Stay tuned as it will definitely make its way into one of these daily posts.
EVERY SINGLE DAY
I would never have thought about it if I hadn’t committed myself to writing every single day. My mind wouldn’t have been on overdrive. Will I be able to sustain this for three whole months? Who knows? Only time it’s ever happened to me was during that coffee fueled NaNoWriMo, and that was just one month. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.