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The last essay in George Orwell’s A Collection of Essays is titled Why I Write (links to the complete essay), and offers his fine perspective on writing. The four motivations for writing, according to Orwell, are sheer egoism, esthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. In explaining the first of the four, Orwell writes:

The great mass of human beings are not acutely selfish. After the age of about thirty, they abandon individual ambition – in many cases, indeed, they almost abandon the sense of being individuals at all – and live chiefly for others, or are simply smothered under drudgery. But there is also the minority of gifted, wilful people who are determined to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class.

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from Nov 1- Nov 30. Link. Blurb:

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

4 days down, and 25+ more to go. If one were to begin now, that’s an average of 2000 words (7 pages) per day. Given the infrequency of my blog posts, I don’t know if I am cut out for that rate of writing. Heck, I don’t think I average 2000 words a day on routine typing tasks. NaNoWriMo offers some words of motivation:

It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Ahem, true. Perhaps I’ll sign up later today. Any fellow write-a-thoners?

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