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Falling in love with writing again

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I started writing about ten years ago. It wasn’t very serious at first; it was just a coping method and a much healthier one than some others I’d tried. Then gradually things changed and I became much more serious about this writing thing. I started doing NaNoWriMo, jumped obsessively from story to story and became a great fan of freewriting. Then things gradually started to change again.

It started to be just about the word count. I was writing because I did it and it was not a good enough reason any more. This was the time when I participated in 750words.com, something that I started with the purest of intentions. I still think it is a great project that someone started, but it turned out to not be so good for me. It kept me writing when I really didn’t want to, and I thought it was a good thing. It was at first, but I am too competitive for it to last. I kept at it, but I was doing it for all the wrong reasons.

You see, 750words.com tracks the amount of days that you have written in a row and this is called a writing streak. All I wanted was that the number of days should go up. I started to hate writing and when I finally realised that it needed to end. On the day that I hit a 1,000 day writing streak (see how obsessed I became about the numbers) I broke it. I couldn’t write for the wrong reasons any more.

Then I stopped all writing.

When the 2014 NaNoWriMo season rolled around I decided at the last minute to give it one last try before I made a final choice about whether I would write again. In the beginning I still hated it. It was too hard. Only in the last few days of November when the story started to come together did I realise that I now had a first draft I didn’t have a month ago and that I really liked the story. Only then did I remember what it used to be like.

Now I have started to do something that I never did seriously before: I am revising my first draft. It needs a lot of changes and planning, but I like the story and I am writing for the right reasons again.

 

I might just want to talk only about writing for the next couple of weeks, because it is now always in my thoughts again. Just a warning.

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6 responses

  1. I’m glad you found your love for writing again! It can be hard to keep going, especially when programs like these stress numbers so much. I try to use the competition in a way that helps me focus more on writing and get things done. At the end of the day though, you’re doing this because you like writing and it should make you happy. Good luck with revising 🙂

    March 13, 2015 at 05:00

    • Well, the program is meant to stress regular writing, but my brain just does not interpret it that way. NaNoWriMo, however, works for me because it only lasts 30 days which is not long enough to turn into an unhealthy competition. Instead it helps, like you said, to get things done.
      Thanks for commenting! 😀

      March 13, 2015 at 23:50

      • That’s true, NaNoWriMo is only 30 days, as opposed to 1,000 (which I’d never be able to do, by the way)

        March 14, 2015 at 05:08

      • NaNoWriMo’s 1667 words that kind of have to form up into a plot is harder for me than 750 words of whatever, which I could easily do in 15 minutes by the end. But NaNoWriMo leads to finished first drafts, which mean much more than a streak number on a website.

        March 14, 2015 at 20:49

      • I agree, its a little more pressure that way maybe but it gets results. I just like being able to be done quicker and then taking a break. 😀

        March 14, 2015 at 20:53

      • Agreed! 🙂

        March 14, 2015 at 21:21

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