So I got started writing a novel for NaNoWriMo yesterday. The White Arrow is underway! It exciting to have the third book of The Bow of Hart Saga in progress . How did I do, well look over to my sidebar and you’ll see that I wrote almost 1,800 words on the first day!
But that was not without some challenges from the start. I got up later than I wanted and we had an unexpected visitor for much of the day in the form of a dog wandering our busy street. We got a call about a German Shepherd being loose in the area since we have 2 and someone though it might be ours. We thought it was someone else’s but it wasn’t. So we took the dog and set out finding the owners. It turns out this young dog is a serial escape artist and eventually got in touch with the owner through friends in the area who recognized the dog over social media and all ended well.
There were other needed activities that needed attention by that time since I was behind. Yet I finally made myself sit down and do the writing and I’m glad I did since I was starting to get anxious I was going to have a big donut for the day. I also had a headache by the time I started but I pushed through and got it done.
But I realized a few days ago there are two ways to look at this month of writing:
1. I can stress about each day of writing and probably be far less productive as a whole or
2. I can stay calm, take a deep breath and realize that there’s nothing to lose here.
Honestly, anything that I do for the month will be more than what I had to start November. Sure I’d like to meet the challenge and get in at least 50,000 words but making myself frantic in the process is no good at all. Instead, I want to avoid missing days and maximize my efforts. Unless I really feel that I need to press on past a daily goal – say I’m really feeling creative and have a lot to write in my mind – then I want to reach the goal and put it away for the day. It’s better to relax some than get burnt-out.
So rather than see the whole challenge as a looming mass of work, I want to view the month as a daily discipline. Producing content while balancing my day is more prudent than panicking to the extent I don’t even want to write. That’s not the purpose of the month. Instead, I’m working daily to produce a draft that didn’t exist previously. That’s a better goal regardless of the outcome.
And hey, I still got the work in today. I hope to continue with similar progress if not a bit more tomorrow. It’s a start and a good one. I’ll update next Monday and my word count will remain displayed here. I’ll also share some of my experiences working with Scrivener on this challenge.
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