Thursday, October 29, 2009

NaNoWriMo, and also MeMo

As some of you may have gathered from reading this blog or knowing me in real life, I have the teensiest problem handling stress. It's not that I can't keep cool in a stressful situation--those I'm generally fine with. It's that I can't relax when stress levels are at normal, everyday levels. So, basically, I'm stressed whenever I'm not in crisis mode or lying on a beach somewhere. I'm only slightly exaggerating.

I mention this now because I've decided to give myself a lifestyle makeover that includes lots of relaxation in November. What better time, right? Since I'll be trying to write 50,000 words that month? Wait...

This does make sense, I swear. I want to set up a daily or almost daily meditation routine (MeMo= Meditation Month). What has kept me from successfully doing this in the past is finding a dedicated time to fit it in. Most people suggest first thing in the morning, but clearly those people don't realize that if I sit on a cushion with my eyes closed directly after getting out of bed, I will fall asleep. And that's if I make it out of bed on time in the first place.

So my thinking is that for NaNo, I have to say no to lots of the things that normally keep me away from my house until late in the evening. Therefore, I theoretically should be able to set aside an hour before I go to bed to meditate. See, makes sense, right? I even bought a meditation cushion today.

Three more days until I officially break it in... and start NaNo! Best Blogger Tips


mayfloweravenue said...

You can do it!

Writer Bug said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence!

Tracy said...

And maybe a full hour is more ambitious than is necessary. Why not aim for 20-30 minutes? That's what I do and even that makes a big difference.

Good luck with it!

tracyisaacs1 said...

And before I jumped in with advice, I should have said I LOVE the idea of MeMo. What a great concept.

Writer Bug said...

Thanks TI. That's a good point. Sometimes I get overly ambitious, which can cause me to give up when I can't do it exactly how I wanted.

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