Social media has made us lazy. It gives us the feeling of accomplishment without sacrifice. We click the button that shows the rest of Facebook we’re thinking of attending a protest and it feels great. Showing up to a protest gives people the same feeling of relieved finality, the feeling of a job well done. Perhaps this is the reason modern activists are not doing enough.
The Virgin Suicides, in my opinion, is a masterpiece in its own right. However, I believe it takes a certain kind of person to relate to it and to be able to take away from it what the author intended. Some people are bored by the novel, and I can almost see why: this is not a novel of conflict or high tension. This is a mystery that is gradually unraveled via the complexities of human emotion. But the mystery has no end. There is no twist and there is no reveal, and there never will be.
For the first time in the six years I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo, I quit.
For NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, writers sit down every day for 30 days and write about 1,600 words to complete a first draft of a 50,000 word novel. There’s an emphasis on just writing, being productive and getting all those words out.