Camp NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow (July 1st, 2014) and I started thinking, when does a writer take a vacation. I started searching for a reasonable location (with wifi) and came across this quote by Eugene Lonesco. I found this to be true. We never take vacations, we are constantly in the middle of a project or starting a new project. We never stop.
As a writer a vacation sounds ideal, but I always think of something Stephen King once said; “Read and write four to six hours a day. If you cannot find the time for that, you can’t expect to become a good writer.” I then think about my pile of ideas, sitting in a note book on my desk, waiting to be outlined and written. I find it encouraging. I’m not the only one who cannot let a project go, but I’m also not the only person that succumbs to the pressure of writing everyday. Whereas King always finds time to write, I sometimes piddle. I play on my computer, I watch television, I rally the family together to play monopoly. I have met many writers who claim they have “writers block” I do not believe that exists, I believe we choose not to write because of laziness. We choose to sit and read a published book instead of reading the unedited manuscript sitting on our desks.
This all came to me as I was signing up for Camp (pushing it, I know). I’m challenging myself to push myself this month, push myself to finish my work in progress and start a new one. When I think how long I’ve been on this first draft… it’s ridiculous. I think, by writing this post, I will be pushed to write. I won’t stop clicking on my document and I surely won’t stop pushing that word count through the roof!