Sunday, November 6, 2011

Things We Should Be Doing

This year's NaNoWriMo has got me all messed up. Usually at this point I am at least a little ahead or right on the money with my word count. As of today, I am way behind. I mean WAY BEHIND. Like 5,000 words behind. What happened? That's pretty easy to answer. When I should be writing, I have been doing other things. Like laying in bed a few extra minutes in the morning. Like not writing at all on Friday. Like staying for one extra beer at my favorite hang out. Like staring at Facebook waiting for a status update from somebody, anybody.
As human beings, there are lots of things we have to do just for our daily survival. Most of us have to go to work. We have to prepare meals either for ourselves or a whole family. We have to shop for the food for those meals, even if it's just fast food, there is effort involved. We have to do housework and laundry. Sometimes, for me anyway, the whole survival thing gets pretty tiring. My mind and body zone out. I can't seem to get anything else accomplished.
And that's were I come back to NaNo. As a writer, I know  the importance of writing everyday. And NaNo forces you to do that. But, this failure to make the required number of words so far is feeling more like survival mode instead of fun, So maybe I'll ignore the word count for now and just try to write something, anything, between the cracks of everyday living.


  1. Barbara Kerr-ThompsonNovember 6, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    I love your honesty, Wanda Kay. And, even tho I am not into this NaNo writing event, I can relate to your thoughts on everyday life. :)

  2. Thanks, Barb. I appreciate you reading it. After I posted it I thought maybe it was too whiney. But, that's just where I'm at right now. And I want to use this blog to talk about everyday things and feelings.

  3. NaNo can be frustrating. I find myself focusing on the word count and not the story. I've gotten really good at knowing almost exactly when I've written 100 words and then I have to go check my word count to make sure it is up another 100 words.

    I guess for some people typing haphazardly is the exciting thing about NaNo. Even though I'm a 100% pantser, I can't just type anything. It has to make sense to me. I've been lucky so far that I've had time to get into it, but at the same time, I'm a little disappointed that I can't do more. I really hate those people who have 30+ words the first week. Something is wrong with them!

  4. I say just be proud of yourself for doing NaNo to begin with. Even if you end the month with 10,000 words instead of 50k, that's way more writing than you would have accomplished if you hadn't attempted the challenge. And there's always JANO where you can add to your WIP if you don't finish this month!

    Good luck and try to enjoy the process (from someone who has never done NaNo but has written during JANO twice). ;)

  5. Goals are great, but don't beat yourself up over it. You know you can write a novel. You've done it before. Keep up the good work.