November 14, 2011
nanowrimo update - 11/13/11
Even taking a few minutes to write this post fills me with guilt. I should be devoting my time to National Novel Writing Month, right?
I am about two days behind right now, which isn't terrible, but disappointing and frustrating. At this point last year, I had closer to 10,000 words than the suggested 20,000-plus. I've come back from worse, but still. How can I be behind? I mean, I had plans to succeed going into this month. I should be one of the NaNoWriMo participants boasting 40K words in week two.
Despite my best efforts to stay on task during week one, I allowed myself to be led astray by current events, new TV show episodes and a never-ending desire to take naps. My mom tells me it's doubtful my office or house has a gas leak or that I've suddenly developed a sleep disorder. The time changed a week ago, and she says that can mess with my sleep cycle. I suppose I should be relieved, but it's such an ordinary excuse. I wish I had better.
I'm learning a valuable lesson with all of this — one I would have thought I knew already. Distractions are everywhere, and it is easy to make excuses. What is the solution? I suppose it is to stay more focused and to stop making excuses. (And maybe I should stop checking Twitter every five minutes.)
Despite my frustration and disappointment in myself, I am still determined. I'm not too far behind, and I can rally. I may not earn this week's reward (a mani-pedi). I'll have to squeeze in about 5,000 words of writing, today, if I want it, and I don't know if I can. But I know I'll try. I'll get as many words down as possible, and I won't give up.
How are all of you doing on your goals? Any advice on how I can get myself out of the writing dumps and back on the path toward NaNoWriMo gold?