Zen and the art of NaNoWriMo maintenance

Oh yes, I’m being very Zen.

“Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate,” as written by Zhuangzi, in the Nan-Hua-Ch’en-Ching, or, The Treatise of the transcendent master from Nan-Hua.  Which I read all the time, obv.

It’s November. National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo

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Yes, that DOES say 30 days, 50,000 words…

That is  FIFTY THOUSAND WORDS IN THIRTY DAYS

Hence the need for Zen.

This would be my usual state, given that sort of (self-imposed!) workload – not forgetting I have copywriting to do as well, my paid day job,  and horses, dogs, chickens, family, housework, shopping, cooking, eating, answering the call of nature, possibly sleeping occasionally, oh, and remembering to breathe.

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Effective? Efficient?

Nope.

SO – I’ve mentioned it before, but here it is again – I’m using a program called Zenwriter – there’s a free trial but I’ve now purchased it, out of a sense of ethics, for $17.

Only you and your thoughts – and some soothing Zen music and images. No alerts. No distractions because it occupies the whole screen.

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All there is to do is WRITE.

It’s working for me.

I’m pleased with what I’ve achieved on the first two days, though it IS only half the target number of words…

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Not so Zen…

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