My NaNoWriMo Month.

In April I signed up to do NaNoWriMo’s camp. It was a hard slog, long hours, sleep deprivation, unable to function properly as a human, but I did it! 60k words in a month *phew* I was so happy with the outcome and foolishly believed that it would set me up to finish the novel by September.

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September came and went with very little progress being made. To be fair, we did move from Ireland to Scotland which was quite an upheaval, but regardless I was out of the zone.

So when October came around I thought, “Hey, November is NaNoWriMo again! I’ll do that and I will finish my novel, woohoo” (Paraphrasing)

After I signed up I then started the panic. My life right now is a lot different to what it was in April. For starters we live close to a big city and have a large friend group again (rather than some horses in rural Ireland). My calendar is already pretty full of events, gatherings, dinners, never mind the adhoc stuff that I acquire throughout the month. No matter! I thought, I’ll just be really strict and tell everyone I’m doing this and not to expect to see me much during November…except for Thanksgiving, that can’t be cancelled. DSC_0814

Then on the 2nd of November, the second day of NaNoWriMo I had to get a small surgery. So I lost a couple of days there…well, it’s been more than a couple of days. I had to go in every day to get bandages changed, I then got an infection, and another infection, oh so many tablets to take!

I haven’t been socialising quite so much, mostly thanks to being on “bed rest” but that just meant people came to our house.

So right now, I find that I’m hitting the half way point in the Month, half way through NaNoWriMo…and I’ve done 5k words out of a 50k target. I’m not feeling too positive about the outcome.

I know in reality, I’d given myself till the end of the year to finish it, and if I don’t complete my NaNoWriMo goal then it’s not the end of the world, but’s it’s a great tool for actually being accountable for your word count. I find it immensely useful given my inability to focus.


I’m not beaten yet. I will push through and keep trying to give it my all. It’s going to take all the brain power, will power and NaNoWriMo Peppy Power to get through this!

-Auburn x

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