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November is not the best of months for me. November holds a dark anniversary. And November, in Montréal, tends to be depressing: cold and without snow (except these days), with the days getting shorter (at least in February – the other depressing month for most people – the days get longer).
But I think this year the NaNoWriMo challenge helps. Helps me focus my energy on something creative; helps refresh my ideas; helps put more wonderful into the month. Writing has always been comforting for me.
This novel I’m pining on sometimes includes, unsurprisingly enough, excerpts from my own life. So, the other day, I found myself describing how I came into possession of my favourite pen (a classic black and silver Parker), with which I happened to be writing that description. I probably said this before, by I like to write by hand. Even at work – it actually affords me the opportunity for a first revision as I type. I like the feel of it, the music of the pen on the paper, the swoosh of the hand.
So where have I gotten to so far? Well, I made up the one-day lag I had been stuck with for two weeks, and even got ever so slightly ahead. And yesterday I reached the 35K mark. I just need to keep this pace for another 9 days (including today). I also notice a quaint pattern in what I write. It’s the tale of a youngish guy who lives with two roommates. Now, I write both at home and during my breaks at work. Well, I noticed that, depending on the venue, what I write will centre more on the apartment and the roommates (at work), or on the main character (at home). Strange.