The hardest part of NaNoWriMo? Real life. Participants (and fellow writers) know what I mean. Sometimes the real world just interferes, and in most cases is more important in the long run.
My husband and I got up at 5:30 am Saturday morning, drove to Halifax, and spent two full days shopping for Christmas. It was something that had to be done (there’s almost nowhere to shop around home), and it was a successful trip (we are now poor…j/k!), but that doesn’t change the fact that it kept me away from any kind of writing for two straight days. Today was also a bust because of recovering from so much driving and lack of sleep, and also because it’s my last day to hang out with and enjoy my daughter before I fly back out West for another two weeks. But tomorrow…oh tomorrow… Tomorrow I’m going to spend 17 hours traveling in planes, hanging out in airports, and taking one very long, very bumpy bus ride into camp. I have 17 hours during which I have nothing better to do than write. Write, Tracey! WRITE! WRITE!!!
Stay tuned to find out what my one day word count will be! Wish me luck!
5 thoughts on “Making up for lost time…”
I know how you feel. I haven’t joined NaNoWriMo this year for this reason. I have a 9 month old daughter, work 6 days a week, and too much to do around home. I can’t possibly do 50,000 words in 30 days.
I definitely understand how you feel, but I think NaNo serves a great purpose even if you think you have no chance of winning…it gets you writing. Even if you only get a couple hundred words written, it’s all about forcing yourself to find time to work on something that you WANT to do but feel like you don’t have the time to do. Yes, my schedule is insane and I have more important things like family to worry about, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m a writer at heart and that I want to write no matter what. NaNo helps me remember that. 🙂
Yeah, you have a point. But anyway, I’m working on writing a short story at the moment, and that won’t be anywhere near 50,000 words.
While I admire the perseverance of those participating in NaNoWriMo, I don’t myself for exactly this reason. I’m already crazy enough on my own. However, if you can do it, go for it.
It’s insanity, for sure, but I love the challenge. I always feel great about myself at the end of the month for being able to force myself to work through the challenge despite what else may be happening in my life. But then again, I’m crazy too. @.@