Are you tired of camp yet? Are you asking yourself why you did this to yourself? You are not alone.
Camp NaNo and NaNo are times to push yourself. However, they are not times to push yourself until you break. If you don’t think you can write 50,000 words this month, then don’t. If you don’t even want to write 10,000, then don’t. This is about pushing yourself, not punishing yourself. Just do what you can.
Many people haven’t reached the point where they are wondering why they did this yet. Still others are wondering if they are even going to get started. If you belong to the latter group, don’t despair. Start today. Even if all you write is “why am I doing this again?” you have written something. That is more than most people do.
I read today where people who write are less likely to get sick, or stay sick as long. Writing helps with blood pressure, depression, and things like that. It helps you get things out. So write on!
You don’t see where writing a love story will get you past being angry? How writing a mystery can get you past unrequited love? How horror writing can get you past anything?
It’s not the genre. It’s not what you say. It’s about getting things out. Maybe writing a love story will flood your brain with endorphins. Maybe not. Maybe writing a mystery or horror story will get your adrenaline flowing. Again, maybe not. I don’t know. All I know is that it is supposed to help. We writers are supposed to be healthier than the average person.
They are talking about expressive writing, but isn’t all writing expressive, to a degree? Don’t we express ourselves in everything we write? Well, maybe not that software training journal. But, then again, who knows?
Write. Write it down. Don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to read. Just write. Write it down. (Apologies to those who love the song, “Sing a Song”.)