Why You Should Embrace Ink on Your Fingers: Camp NaNoWriMo Days 24 & 25

Camp NaNoWriMo Days 24 & 25!

One of my crafts on a whim during quarantine was creating a mini copy of my young adult book, One Hundred Words. So of course I had to do a photo op!

As you can see from today’s haiku, my writer dead giveaway is finding near-constant ink on my fingers. Not usually like in the photo, but still. Somehow, even when I work on a project using mostly my laptop, I still manage to walk around with ink stains, and I’m proud of it.

Do you have a writer dead giveaway? A laptop where the letters on the keys are worn off? A desk chair with your imprint in the cushion?

I’ve learned through experience that you can’t be a writer if you don’t write, and write regularly. I think the most important thing you can do for your writing is to create a routine. I haven’t been able to keep up a long-term consistent routine since working on One Hundred Words. This month, I’ve done more thinking about writing than writing itself. Routines are easy to plan, but hard to maintain, so I’m still trying to learn how to do that, even after years. But if I find ink on my fingers today, and then tomorrow, and then the next day, I’ll know I’m heading in the right direction.

Today’s haiku:

Ink on my fingers
Tells the story of late hours
Worlds that stay with me

Published by laurenhallstrom

Lauren is the author of two CIPA EVVY award-winning novels, both written when she was a teen. She writes contemporary fantasy for tweens and young adults. She holds an undergraduate degree in English at Colorado State University and currently works in a public library. More often than not you can find her there - promoting lifelong learning, staring off into space, and dreaming up new stories.

One thought on “Why You Should Embrace Ink on Your Fingers: Camp NaNoWriMo Days 24 & 25

  1. Your post reminds me of a story about Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay…when he thinks of lyrics to a song, he writes them on his hand.

    My giveaway is also linked to music…when my AirPods are in my ears and my fingers are poised on my MacBook, creativity often streams. Certain playlists are automatic mood changers, triggering streams of words in ways I cannot explain.


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