Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great week so far.
Hope you all had a great Halloween. It was raining most of the day, which I guess gave it a very creepy vibe outside so it suited the day just fine. I’ve been thinking of this whole idea of not just being a consumer but a content creator. I’m not only talking content as in social media, I’m referring to content in every respect of the word so. I sort of mistakenly bought a month subscription to kindle unlimited which led me down the rabbit hole of reading non-stop. I was reading so much not only because I was excited to have access to all the amazing books but also because it feels like it’s for free or much cheaper than reading them outside the subscription. my aim was to read at least 8 books in a month to really feel like I have taken full advantage of the deal. this meant that I didn’t write for almost the whole of October. This means I have been consuming a lot and not doing any producing of my own. I think we need to aim for some sort of balance between the two.
I don’t regret the time that I spent reading because the way I see it, I have to fill up my cup and take the time to expose myself to what is out there. It’s a great way to understand language and storytelling, by seeing how other authors that I enjoy are doing it. There was even a book that I read twice because I enjoyed it so much the first time around. I wanted to take the time to really understand the flow and story beats used. Understand how the writer managed to get me so invested in the story all through from the very first sentence to the last, especially because it wasn’t a high-tension thriller.
So I guess for the month of November I am hoping to not do any sort of reading at all. I honestly feel like it’s some kind of addiction for me right now that I need to take a break from. As silly as it sounds to say reading is an addiction but I need some time off it and to be in a producer mindset again. I had a consuming mindset October and to make the shift I decided to join Nanowrimo this year. I’ve always wanted to do it this year. I’ve been on some kind of first draft rollercoaster since last year and obviously nothing has been published so far. I really struggled on whether to participate or spend the month revising a previous project instead. I finally decided to just take the plunge.
Its day three and so far it’s going OK. I guess my next post in December I can let you know how it went. Because I read a lot last month I haven’t had enough time to work on a detailed outline but I intend to try and apply some of the storytelling techniques I learned from the books I read in October. Nanowrimo is a writing challenge in the month of November to write 50,000 words. It’s going to be intense. 50,000 words won’t be enough to complete my current novel which means that I will have to use part of December to actually complete the project before going on to do any editing on any past work. The project I am working on for nanowrimo this year I hope to actually publish it next year.
I think the downside to doing Nanowrimo is the pressure. there is a lot of tension which makes it a bit more stressful than writing just because you want to. However the awesome part is that you know there are lots of writers around the world doing it with you. I personally feel like part of a community which is really nice. I try and focus more on that feeling rather than the stress of joining this challenge and meeting the word count.
Anyway, I think that we should all aim to not just consume but to also intentionally produce stuff to put out there into the world.
Have a very productive month and I wish you good luck on whatever challenge you embark on. Are you doing Nanowrimo? If you are, feel free to Let me know how it is going.
P.s. The image is for a #drawthisinyourstyle challenge on Instagram
Thank you for spending time with me today and I hope you’ll be back here again next month (the first Wednesday). Have a great rest of the week!