So National Novel Writing Month hasn’t been as successful as I would’ve liked, and that’s entirely on me.
Here’s a little from the middle of the month. As for the end, I haven’t made enough headway in my book, and I haven’t written on my own, and I haven’t gone to any more writing sessions.
Work has been tiring, my living situation is not ideal yet, and the list goes on. They’re just excuses, though. The same ones I give for not working out. “I’m tired”, or in the words of Titus (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), “I already did something today”. I think I finally see everything tying together.
I am the most lazy when I am not working out or getting good night’s’ sleep. Those are like a chicken and an egg- I sleep better with exercise and I exercise more with good sleep. But in a few weeks, I also get a bed that feels like a dream for me. I know, you’re wondering how the bed will change my sleep and exercise and how any of this ties into my writing.
There are arguments that say sleep deprivation may or may not improve creativity, but I think I’m getting just enough sleep to not quite reach sleep deprivation status.
However, it’s scientifically proven and fairly undisputed that exercise improves brain function; if it’s good for your heart it’s good for your brain. Furthermore, once I can set and keep a sleep schedule, I’ll be introducing writing time into my schedule on a more regular basis. Also, if my brain is functioning outside of work, which currently it is not, it’ll get the ball rolling. I think that once I start, it’ll be a more readily available activity; and object in motion tends to stay in motion. This applies to exercise and brain activity.
Right now, I drive to and from work, watch tv when I get home and/or cook, watch more tv while eating with my boyfriend, and then we go to sleep. It easily takes 20 minutes for me to fall asleep and we don’t always go to sleep by 11pm. In the morning, I’m up at 7:30am/8am and I rinse off/brush teeth, throw on clothes, grab breakfast, and head out the door. My whole day is mindless droning or work, which is a different section of my brain from my creativity.
In the past, I have found that when I don’t work out for a while, this is what I am like. I also have found that in general I’m more sluggish and lazy in most aspects when I don’t sleep well/eat properly/exercise my brain and body.
My ankle is almost healed (see here), my boyfriend and I move into our new place and get an amazing bed in three-ish weeks, and our new place has 24 hour access to a small gym. I figure with the gym, that I currently don’t have and which will be conveniently located a short walk away, and a good bed I can get the sleep and exercise in order and open the floodgates for my creativity to flow again.
All in all, Na No Mo was on me. I didn’t make the time to go to the events, I didn’t make the time on my own, and I didn’t put effort into the other aspects of my life that affect my writing. I keep telling myself it’ll be different in my new home and I sure hope I’m right.
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