Saturday Creativity Quote — Jerry Seinfeld and NaNoWriMo

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No doubt some of you are getting ready for NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month, an annual challenge beginning November 1 that aims to get writers on the page consistently, producing 50,000 new words in a short month complicated for many by holidays and holiday prep. (More about NaNoWriMo here.) The process uses simple tools — scheduling, tracking, goal-setting, and accountability. Plus, prizes. So through November, my Saturday quotes will focus on some element of process and commitment. You’re on your own for the prizes.

“I still have a writing session every day. It’s another thing that organizes your mind. The coffee goes here. The pad goes here. The notes go here. My writing technique is just: You can’t do anything else. You don’t have to write, but you can’t do anything else. The writing is such an ordeal. That sustains me.”
– Jerry Seinfeld in a 2020 interview with the New York Times, quoted by media coach Dan Blank in his 9/17/21 newsletter

2 thoughts on “Saturday Creativity Quote — Jerry Seinfeld and NaNoWriMo

    • Kathy, you mean NaNo? I totally get that. Some people change it up, ignoring the 50K target and setting their own goals, e.g., to write every day or every week day, or to revise a chapter a day, or whatever will help them make progress. I love this quote, though — which has nothing to do with NaNo — because it shows how even a successful writer can struggle, and use ritual to motivate himself. Just find your own spurs and motivation!

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