NaNoWriMo got started last week and I gave a short update on my beginning as well as my thoughts on the upcoming month. I also wrote separate post on my Scrivener usage last week as I progress through NaNoWriMo. Check out my sidebar and you’ll see my current reported total.
The week went mostly well with steady progress each day. I even discovered a few ideas along the way and wrote those in where I could. Keeping my cool each day was hard at times, especially when regular needs intruded on writing time. There were a few days when I was working until I went to bed.
But then Friday came. We got some bad news out of some car trouble that meant replacing it. Bad news but this also took up the whole day and I got nothing done. Saturday was also busy so I got only part of my daily total completed. Sunday I crashed after all the excitement so I got nothing done. Now I’m well behind the pace but I do have a plan to catch-up – just not all at once.
It gets hard to sift through the day and keep on focus towards the goal at the end of the month. When you get behind you start doubting your ability. There’s always the chance that you’ll get further behind if something else happens.
However, it’s important not to lose focus and motivation because of trouble on certain days. I’m trying to get back to writing and not over-think the difficulties. I haven’t been able to make up all my missing words from the weekend, however, I have a lot of material to keep me well motivated for several days so I think I’ll be churning out lots of words – stay tuned!
I think this is where blogging daily becomes a positive for me. Since I write so much I know that I can get plenty done. I’m used to plugging away to get out words daily so I just sit down to work. It keeps in lean writing shape. This kind of a challenge is a little more of a burden than normal days but it is beneficial to growing as a writer as well as producing a rough draft.
This can be a real grind but I’ll be glad to reach the end and look back and say I did it. I’ll keep writing each and moving toward the goal through all the difficulties.
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