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.
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.
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!