Sometimes, you just have to make sacrifices.

I may not be participating in NaNoWriMo, but this first week of November has been heaven for me as a writer. As of now, I’ve written 2,670 words this week — that’s my quota, plus the 500 I wanted to make up, plus 170 more. I could dance!

What did all this require?

Unfortunately, I did end up sacrificing a lot of time that could have — and possibly should have — been spent on school work. When I should have been writing papers, I wrote chapters. When I should have been planning lessons, I instead planned out scenes that were completely different from my original outline.

Do I regret it?

I can’t say that I won’t, but at the moment I most definitely do not. Life has been so hectic lately that I actually was on the verge of forgetting that I am first and foremost a writer. As much as I enjoy teaching, it will always come second in my heart, for the simple reason that books exist; novels exist; language, in all its passion and fury, in all its medley of shape and color, in all its complex beauty and simple purpose, exists.

Who can deny such a force when it tries to break free?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barb the French Bean
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 01:26:39

    I can understand the euphoria that comes from writing. I’ve just been on a 4-day binge (actually losing sleep) of writing. I churned our six whole chapters during this time, bringing my word count of completed chapters to 43,580! o_O And I’m still not done…

    We need another writer’s night!


  2. Dori
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 02:33:47

    Oh, and I tried to do NaNo this year, but AH! Very difficult… I love finding other compulsive writers, though. Have you ever published?


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