NaNoWriMo Realities

Day 0: Went to bed thinking of how this new novel would start.

Day 1: Woke up by alarm excited for the day and cranked out 769 before work. That’s nearly 800 words before 6 a.m. This is going to be easy! Later I did another 100 or 200 works, which made my confidence wane.

Day 2: I realize I’m not using the tracker appropriately. So I have to delete some entries and try again. I’ve only done about 600 words, and I don’t even try to get more later in the day. I don’t know if the POV character is working. I don’t know if I can keep up this voice for 30 days. Did I make a mistake undertaking this? I should be finishing the novel that’s overdue and half-completed. Maybe I’ll go to the NaNo meet-up tonight.

Nope, instead, I take the garbage out and chronicle my misadventures with my wounded toe. I take what my day job calls “voluntary time off” tomorrow because I have a podiatrist appointment at 9:15 a.m. I anticipate sleeping until 6 a.m., waking up with glitter in my eyes and excitement, and drinking hot coffee and typing until 8 a.m. when I have to call the neurologist and start real life.

Day 3: I am swarmed with cats at 4 a.m.– the time I normally rouse for work. The little kitten jumps on my face, the older kitten nibbles my fingers and my adult tripod foster gets jealous and wants to cuddle. By 4:20 I have surrendered and head to the kitchen. I take the dog out, and even she protests the early hour, and launch my coffee pot.

I sit at my laptop. I love what I am creating. I realize my sprint tracker gives me credit for words I delete and recraft, so the 497 words it tracked is actual 225. It’s painful, and slow, and my doubts creep in stronger.

It’s now 6:49 a.m. and I’m on my third cup of Supercoffee. Does this sound familiar? If so, keep at it! We must overcome!

I have a curated list of podcasts about NaNoWriMo on Spotify if you need more info or different viewpoints on approaches. Listen here.

Published by Angel Ackerman

Writer, Editor, Traveler, Fashionista, Francophile, Student and Mother Publisher at Parisian Phoenix ( Author of the Fashion and Fiends series

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