So, if you’ve been following along, you know that I’m doing NaNoWriMo next month. Starting tomorrow, in fact. And it’s scaring me. I posted some about what I’m planning to do for it, but I’ve come to the conclusion that that’s just not enough. I’m having a hard enough time keeping up with everything, and that’s only with making myself write 550+ words per day, much less three times that amount.
My biggest enemy is the internet. Seriously. So, for the next month, I’m going to unplug from the internet as much as I can. Actually, this will likely last through the second week of December, when my final exams are. Don’t worry; I’ll still be writing, and I’ll probably even throw up a few blog posts right after NaNoWriMo, to let you know how things went. Right now, though, after publishing this post, I’m going to shut down all but the essential tabs in my browser. This means that my games will be going. All of the fun pictures and other things. Yes, even my Facebook will be closed down. I’ll also be shutting down my Twitter client, though I may set a few more people to send push notifications to my phone first, so I don’t end up missing anything. I’ll keep open the NaNoWriMo page, the Magic Spreadsheet page, and any pages I need for my classes. I’ll still check a few websites regularly, such as Tor.com. I’ll check my Facebook notifications, and you can still get ahold of me by messaging me. I’ll check my notifications here, and of course my email will still be on. But many of the regular distractions of the internet will be gone.
I’m doing this for two reasons, honestly. The first being the most apparent; I want to win NaNoWriMo, and then do well on my finals. The internet will be a major distraction to all of that, and it’s something I can cut out of my life for a while to help with time issues.
The other reason is to see how I cope. Can I live without the internet? Obviously my ancestors–heck, even my parents–did it. Am I too addicted? What will the withdrawal be like? Also, do I really need the internet? If I can go without it for a month and a half, ages in internet time, can I continue to go without it after that? I’m going to postulate some answers to these questions, and I’ll post back at the end to see if I was right or not.
I think that yes, I can get away from it. I’ve always prided myself on having a solid determination and a strong will. I want to win NaNoWriMo, and failing my classes is not an option. I’m sure I can do this, as I’ve managed to convince myself it’s the best way to achieve these goals and still be able to sleep, even just a little. As for the withdrawal, I think it will be tough, but I can live. I’ve already spent time thinking about each and every tab and option that I’m going to have to close down in my head, and while I’m going to miss them, and mentally I’m protesting, I’m also realizing that they aren’t essential. I can get along just fine without them. I will live. I may even feel less stressed and happier–and if that’s the case, I think I can get over any feelings of “Oh, I reed to go check this” that may impulsively appear. I think that, after the first week or so, it may even get to the point where I enjoy it more, not having all this stress. I’m hoping, honestly hoping, that the answer to my last question will be yes; I can and will continue after this. It will involve more work than I was hoping for–instead of just saying I’ll be gone, I’d have to actually go in and shut things down in several places, but I might just be able to do it. We’ll see.
I’ve done similar things before, though only on a smaller scale. I’ve quit certain games, closed down certain websites (Go dig up my post on Reddit.), and so on. But those have been singular actions. I’ve always been happy that I’ve done so, and so I’m wondering how I’ll end up in this one. Let me know what you think. (I still get notifications and emails about comments here, so I’ll be checking those. 🙂 )