Surviving NaNoWriMo 2019 – Day 10

Well guys, I messed up a bit. I was on such a great roll last week, and was feeling awesome, and then Friday rolled around. I was all excited to get home after work and put in some writing time because Fridays are my early day and I was going to have the house to myself for a few hours. Except instead I got sucked into a book, and then got sucked into a Netflix show (Daybreak…which was AWESOME, btw), and then wrote exactly 56 words at 1130pm before realizing I just wasn’t in the right head space.

So I promised myself I would make use of my completely free Saturday. Which I did not. Instead I lazed around in bed, finished one book, started another, played The Sims 4 for like 4 hours, watched some YouTube, watched an episode of The Great British Bake Off while organizing my planners/bujos, and then went to the movies (Zombieland: Double Tap…which was AWESOME, btw).

So I went into today 2 days and more than 4k words behind. And I promised myself I would devote my whole morning to writing. And guess what? I did not. Instead I stayed in bed and read a book until 1130am, at which point I had to get ready because the hubs and I had a benefit fundraiser thing to go to today (which was awesome, btw). We got home at 530pm, and I…you guessed it…read a book!

But at 8pm I FINALLY kicked myself in the ass and put in almost 2 hours of writing time. At first it was not easy. I spent most of the last 2 days very lost as to where my story was going. No scenes were coming to me, no sudden bursts of inspiration, no fresh ideas. I am discovering that Pansting is not ideal for me because it makes it too easy to make excuses when I don’t have at least a rough idea of where my story is going. BUT, after a good chunk of time spent reading what I already had and trying to pick up with one of my various chapter fragments, I decided to start with a whole new scene and words started flowing. I managed to eek out 2224 words by the end of my session, and they were hard won!

So, I am currently sitting at 14730, which puts me 1940 words behind where I should be, but not the +4000 I was a few hours ago. I am taking this as a win, and I WILL make myself write again tomorrow and chip away at my gap. I am trying not to be too hard on myself here and forgive myself for slacking. After all, I really did have a great weekend – just not a great writing weekend. I read a ton (which is huge considering October was a shit reading month for me), and spent a great deal of time with my hubs, and generally just relaxed. I am going to rally on the writing front and just work a little extra each day this week to get back on track! NaNo is not easy, but I am determined and stubborn. I’VE GOT THIS!


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