What Day 21 Of #NaNoWriMo Has Taught Me, About Me.

Posted on 21st November 2012 in #NaNoWriMo

On day 21 of National Novel Writing Month, I have a day off work. Yesterday I told myself that I would use this day off to catch up and write approximately 10,000 words. It seemed sensible, wise and infinitely doable.

Today, however, this is actually the first time I have sat at my keyboard. Not a good start to the 10,000 words bearing in mind that it is already 11:43.

I haven’t done anything of great import with my morning, I’ve read a book, The Reader, I’ve had tea and toast and played with Tilly, I’ve had a shower and I am now sitting here with wet hair.

In the shower the thoughts behind this post came to me and it is purely to write this post (and not the 10,000 words which I will, of course, somehow find time for…later) that I am sitting here. It was during these thoughts that I acknowledged the following:

* I have no idea if I will be able to finish #NaNoWriMo

* I am determined to finish it because I am too stubborn for my own good, sometimes

* What I have written so far is mostly amateurish tripe

* I huge new-found huge and deep respect for anyone who writes an entire book, not just ones I deem to be good but anyone, anywhere who can devote the time and motivation to writing an entire book – you are awesome

* When I cannot access my keyboard, my brain floods with flowing and articulate prose; paragraph after paragraph of plot twists, witty lines, exciting new angles and beautifully constructed sentences

* When I can access my keyboard it is as though those thoughts and words have to take such a convoluted path to reach the page that by the time they come out they have lost half of themselves along the way and mostly end up as jumbled, meaningless, uninspiring and excruciatingly  amateurish tripe

Now, I will no doubt find some un-urgent chores to attend to thus increasing the pressure upon myself to complete the word count. In the meantime, I hope you have hit your stride and are writing the new bestseller.

Best of luck all.

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  • Reply Writer / Mummy 21st November 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Love this post, it describes it exactly. I often wake with a complete story in my head but by the time I’ve located pen and paper it’s completely evaporated. I have 2 or 3 days a week when I am meant to be writing and I’m still behind on my Nano. And my house is filthy and the dog unwalked so I’m not really sure what I’ve been doing with my time (except today I did actually have some paid work so perfect excuses).

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 21st November 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you! I moaned to my other half earlier that I need a lap top as I can’t always write when inspiration takes me at the moment. He, very aptly, said “What, so you can not write on that too…”

      • Reply Writer / Mummy 21st November 2012 at 10:00 pm

        :) Laptop is essential! I take my laptop everywhere, as I don’t have a study to work in. I tend to only work well if there is no internet access of course, so coffee shops (without wifi) are my location of choice!

        • Reply CoffeeCurls 22nd November 2012 at 8:27 am

          They would definitely be mine too if I had a laptop to use in them!

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