NaNoWriMo – The Second Week.

After last week’s great start this second week of writing felt a lot harder. It was my reading week from uni so other than going in to work I didn’t have any time specific commitments, so it should have been fairly easy to balance everything. Right? Wrong.

For whatever reason most days I found it hard to get the words down on paper. I didn’t manage to write every day and on those that did it felt like a slog more times than it felt like things were flowing. Over the weekend there were a few times when I got tempted to give up altogether. I’m experiencing one of my bouts of insomnia which is making everything harder at the moment, and I’m pretty sure I can’t keep going like this. I can easily see how my health could start to suffer and I know that I need to act now before things get that bad.

The only one thing I could give up would be NaNoWriMo, but the idea of giving it up is one that is making me very sad. So I’m compromising and I’m taking this next week off. I have uni deadlines to meet and I’m going away for what should be a great weekend, so for now I’m letting NaNo slip. Next week once I’m home again and have got back on my feet after the weekend’s exertions I shall think about starting again. It’s pretty unlikely that I’ll hit the 50,000 mark by the end of November, but I’m starting to realise that that doesn’t matter all that much. The achievement of actually telling this story is going to be reward enough, whether I finish the first draft on 30th November or some date a little later.

8 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo – The Second Week.

  1. This has been my experience of NaNo. In the end I did what you are going to do and I still ended up with 30,000 words. Have a productive uni week and a fab weekend. Next week might be different.

  2. If you ever want to do word sprints, let me know. They have really helped with this experience. I think about what I am going to write for that session before and do a 20 min race to see how many words I can type in that time.

  3. Sorry to hear you’ve been struggling Jenni, but I think you’re doing absolutely the right thing! On a much smaller scale, sometimes when I’m writing a manuscript at work and feel bogged down with it, I push it aside and leave it for a day or so. Then I can come back to it afresh. It’s surprising what your mind does when you think you stop concentrating on something too – I often find I return with fresh ideas as well as focus 🙂
    Vivienne’s suggestion of word sprints sounds intriguing too!
    Enjoy your week off and don’t worry about the word count – the story’s the important thing.

    1. I’m already finding that I’m missing the characters, and looking forward to getting back to them next week so I think it’s definitely going to be a good thng for both me and the story 🙂

  4. You’re so right. I hope things have gone to plan with your uni work and everything and you’ve made a great start, it shouldn’t be too hard to carry on when things are less busy!

    1. The uni work did go to plan thank you, and I’ve slowly started adding words again. I definitely won’t hit 50K by the end of the month but I know that in the grand scheme of things that doesn’t matter too much.

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