The challenge of NaNoWriMo for me isn’t really to write 1,667 words a day. The challenge is to open that word document each day. Once it’s open, and I’ve put the first word down, it’s more difficult to stop long enough to get other things done during the day than it is to work towards 1,667 words.
I feel like opening the document is taking time away from the things I really should (have) to do- the things I’m being paid for at work, the laundry, changing the pets’ litter, giving them the attention their short little lives deserve…
Each day is so short, but if I have the document open while I’m doing everything else, the words slip away from me and into the document- they stop distracting me, and making my head spin. It feels more like as the words are appearing on the page, the tale is revealing itself to me as if it had always been there, just waiting for me to get my act together and let it do its thing. I still feel like I’m being naughty each time I switch to the Microsoft word tab on my screen, but there’s no way I have the time to sit solidly working on it in the evening after work, when I’m exhausted and trying not to snap at anyone because I’m hungry and tired and really would rather just go to sleep.
But I think I’m over the slump. I didn’t write at all for three days, and hadn’t written enough for a few days before, and now the NaNo site tells me I need to write about 2,000 words a day to make my goal on time, but I think it’s going to be okay. Even if I don’t finish on time for the first of December, I’ll still have written a whole lot more than otherwise.