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1 November 2003 ... Challenge

Welcome to National Novel Writing Month!

Every year, I run across a few people online who are taking up the challenge. But not me...
50,000 words in a month = 1667 words/day.
On a regular, 8.5x11 sheet of college ruled paper, I average about 300 words (10 words/line with 30 lines), which means I would have to write 5.5 pages every day. And you can't just write words... you have to have some kind of story going in there. bahaha.

Yeah, definitely not for me. But the challenge intrigues me.

I've been wondering if I could devise a little challenge for myself. Like pulling out my sketch book and wacom tablet and doing some drawing every day.

A few years ago, I wanted to write. I read some books and took up Morning Pages. And eventually I came across the maxim, "Writers write." So I wrote and began my journalling experience. And now I've got a box in my closet that's full of my writing. And a habit I'm not likely to give up.

More recently, I wanted to be more well read. I read How to Read a Book, and then delved into the classics. Since January 2002 I've read (along side my "regular" reading of sci fi and creativity books):

  • Little Women
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • Aesop's Fables
  • Crome Yellow
  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • Frankenstein
  • Watership Down
  • The Narrative of Sojourner Truth
  • Flatland
  • Jane Eyre
  • Black Beauty
  • The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle
  • Utopia

... And currently reading Great Expectations and Tales from Watership Down. And over a hundred more waiting on my hard drive. Again, a new habit that I'm not likely to give up.

I have tried many times over to get into the habit of drawing. I would like to consider myself an artist.

"Artists make Art" eh...

Quote of the Day:
Draw this line, only as you feel it to be the most worthwhile act of your life.
-- Paul Reps

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