NaNoWriMo 2015

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I’ve participated in, and loved, NaNoWriMo for the past three years. This year, however, I decided not to because I have two WIP’s I really want to focus on editing.

The problem?

I’m not getting it done. I had a writing schedule that I followed faithfully for a while, but that “while” didn’t last very long.

Here’s how it goes more often than not, or some variation of it:

I see it’s time to sit down to write. I really should throw a load of laundry in first. The dishwasher needs to be started. I need to make a quick phone call first. Ok, now I can write. Oh wait! I need a cup of coffee/can of root beer/square of chocolate–you get the idea–first. Whew! That’s done. Okay, now I can write. I sit down at my desk, or usually my floor desk because I love to write sitting on the floor. The door is closed, I’m ready to write until I hear a little scratch on the door–the dog wants in. The dog is in the room laying by my side. NOW I can begin. My phone rings. It’s one of my boys. I have to take this call. Family first. Checking to see if I’m going to be home because he’s stopping by for a visit. Are you kidding me??? I LOVE when my boys come by. That takes priority over everything. Or it might be my other son asking if I can watch my granddaughter. Again, are you kidding me??? I would move mountains to be able to spend time with my precious princess.

Again, family first. I need to get the toys out, especially the playdoh, watercolors, and sidewalk chalk because she’s a budding little artist,Β child-proof the house, and figure out what I will feed her for lunch/dinner, etc. I may even need to run to the store to get a special snack for her.

So! I’m finally able to sit down to write and remember the laundry needs to be folded, the bathrooms need to be cleaned, I need to make dinner for my husband and perhaps even have a conversation with him…

You get the picture.

While I decided to spend time on my WIP’s rather than create a new project, it wasn’t getting done. And all because of one little word–well, okay, two words. Procrastination and guilt. They’re best friends, in case you didn’t know that. Putting everything else first to make writing time perfect, and feeling guilt over taking time to write when I should be doing something “important.” Oh, yes, that “should” word is a writer’s enemy in case you haven’t figured that out yet.

So NaNoWriMo it is! The fun, support, fun, motivation, fun, and inspiration I get from being part of a tribe of writers, the positive energy that flows through the keyboard knowing I’m part of such a huge mutual goal…WOW! It’s the justification I need to sit my butt down and write. Seat. In. Chair. Or on the floor, in my case. Family still comes first, and it always will, but the rest of what threatens to take control of my time no longer does during November. And who knows? Maybe that will stay with me for a while, however long that “while” may be.

It’s not too late to decide to jump on the NaNoWriMo train. Just hop on over to the website here and create your novel. Ready, set, go! πŸ™‚

 

 

7 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2015

  1. I am so there with you, the way your writing plans fall in a heap behind the pile of washing and life’s roadblocks. I completed a draft two years ago with the NaNoWriMo challenge and decided not to participate again until this book is done. Halfway through an editing course at the moment. Learning lots. I love the buzz and the team support of writing that draft with all the hype, it kept me accountable. it tells me one thing, I can finish. So now I won’t start a new one until this one is finished. Maybe someone needs to start a month for actually finishing the book you started from NaNoWriMo? All the best, enjoy the word fix and please keep us posted on your word count Rhonda, we an cheer you on! What is your story about?
    Kath

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  2. Your granddaughter is a cutie! And I sure wish I could join you in NaNo. Unfortunately, I’m still recovering from the issues at work. But I’m already planning on making that an absolute priority for all three next year. πŸ™‚

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  3. I started nodding along with you the moment you mentioned the laundry and the dishes, the phone calls, etc., etc. I do the same thing. It’s really hard sometimes to ignore those things. I’m still working on that. Hope NaNo is going well for you!

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