NaNoWriMo Day…only Four?

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I have to admit that I’m not feeling NaNo this year. I’ve got an awesome story that I really want to write, I’ve got awesome minions to help me with my ML duties, and I’ve got a great bunch of excited Wrimos to cheer me up whenever I see them. But I’m exhausted. I’ve been doing non-stop NaNo-duties since the end of August (when my first presentation was given) and I’ve barely had time to see my husband since October started (this is partly due to the fact that work has him traveling a lot right now, but also due to NaNo). I’ve already got a new ML lined up for next year and I want to just hand over the reins today and be done with it.

But then who would take care of the calendar? And the ML emails? And handing out stickers at events? (which, by the way I’ve already run out of – I gave away 50 stickers and blue books in five days! When I started MLing two years ago we had four people total at the write-ins!) Who would answer the questions? (my minions are actually really awesome at getting to the questions right away) Who would be the smiley, bubbly, not gonna take your shit this year, fearless leader? Who really, deep down inside kinda freaking loves being ML and is going to miss the hell out of it next year?

Who almost fell asleep at a red light on the way to the write-in yesterday and needed a night off?

So you know what? I typed up the handwritten stuff from Days Two and Three, poured myself a glass of wine, and watched the last five episodes of Community, which I have missed for over a month because I’ve been so busy with NaNo. Some of the episodes sucked (really? Space capsule from KFC?) but some of them were well worth it (Abed Jesus? Hilarious). And although my notebook and pen were on the table beside me I didn’t even look at them once. I posted my 153 words for the day to the website and I smiled at the new stats area that said “1 unsuccessful day”. Because honestly? I’d consider this a pretty successful day. I had lunch with my husband at my favorite restaurant, I met with my boss to start in a new area of the lab (now I get to play with radioactivity AND fire!), and I caught up on a show that is not my favorite but made me laugh.

Now I’m going to go to bed and wake up on Day Five ready to write again. I gave myself a little cushion the first few days and I can take a day off. I needed to take a day off. It’s been a lovely day off.

The point is: don’t let NaNo overwhelm you – writing an entire book is overwhelming enough as it is.

Want to see how other Wrimos are doing on Day Four? Check out the NaNo Bloggers link on the sidebar!

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Rebecca Enzor

Rebecca Enzor is a chemist in Charleston, SC who writes Young Adult and New Adult Fantasy and Magical Realism. Repped by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary.

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Day…only Four?”

  1. I’m at 6400 words. Not feeling overwhelmed, though. I type slow – I hunt and peck – but it only takes a couple hours to type out the daily minimum and I can manage that.
    What did you think of the zombie episode of Community?

  2. Want to know my deep dark secret? I’ve never actually won NaNo–I’ve never made it to the 50,000 word mark. But I’m ok with that, because whatever I write will prove valuable.

    For example, I love the story I have this year, but I’m not sure it requires 50,000 words. It might end up being more of a novella. But if I end up with a full novella I’ll be thrilled, even if I don’t make the magical 50,000.

    So I think you’re doing the right thing by spending quality time with hubby and quality time with your favorite shows. No point getting burned out by NaNo!

  3. I liked the Zombie episode, but not as much as Abed Jesus. Unfortunately for zombies everywhere I’m Team Unicorn 😉

    I think part of the problem is that I’ve done this so many times (this will be my sixth year) and I have won every time, so I know I can do it and I don’t have the same sense of urgency that I’ve had in the past. I’m trying to write a good first draft this time to give myself a challenge, and I’m trying to do it before I leave for Thanksgiving (my first Thanksgiving home in those same six years!).

    I don’t know. I might let myself fail this year. I’m not required to win this year, since I’m not going to be returning as ML next year, but I’m not sure if my competitive drive will allow me to NOT make 50k when I know I can.

    Either way, not writing yesterday was lovely 🙂

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