Slogging Through

You know, I am beginning to wonder if whoever decided on National Novel Writing Month being in November hated the holidays. Or had no family. Because, seriously, am I the only one who finds it impossible to find time to write the day before, the day of, and the day after Thanksgiving? Especially when you are visiting family! I mean, what’s wrong with Fabulous Fiction February? Sigh. Okay, so, I knw you are shocked to hear this, but I’m behind on my word count. Didn’t see that coming, right? What? The three or so days without blog posts didn’t tip you off? Really, you need to work on your detective skills.

I told Daniel last night that I was tired enough that I would consider giving up, except that I would hate to actually write in here that I gave up. Yes, Peer pressure from unseen readers is keeping me going. Thank you. So instead, I stayed up last night until almost 3:00 AM after getting back from a family event to fit in 5,000 words. Now I have to do that again today. And tomorrow. and the next day. Or something like that.

I’d like you all to know that I was exhausted, and didn’t actually think I would do that. I decided I would sip on one glass of wine and fit in a few hundred words and worry about being so behind later. I’m apparently very good at pushing things off until later this month. As I usually am during NaNoWriMo. But as I wrote 100 words and then another 100, slowly, I was like, okay, I can do this. If I don’t think about it too hard and just keep going (and yes, that did involve my signature leaning my head back and closing my eyes while I typed and correcting all the misspellings later), then I can do this. And so I did. I hit 5,000 words, closed my computer, and even managed to wash my face and brush my teeth before falling into bed for the six hours of sleep I was going to get before having to get up for the next family even.

So wherever you are, just remember – you can do it even when you don’t think you have the strength.

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