NaNoWriMo Update: Or, Why Losing Has its Place

Less than a week in, and I’m already behind on NaNo… My word count is abysmal, and I knew going in there was pretty much no freaking way I’d make it to 50K. I know what you’re thinking: “Syd, how could you be so defeatist?” “Chin up, you never know!” “Believe in yourself!” So, all right. Maybe I can do it–but it’s not bloody likely.

But here’s the thing: I’m happy, nonetheless (and not just because I’m happy whenever I can use the word “nonetheless”). It’s working for me. I may not make the official winners roster on November 30th, but NaNoWriMo was the exact push I needed to face that blinking cursor. It’s nowhere near the 1700 daily goal, but I’m moving forward, surely–if a bit slowly. I’m getting that old excitement back at seeing a world and characters take shape in my mind and then on the page. I’ve done it every day so far, and for once, I’m looking forward to what I’ll accomplish the next day and the one after that. So for a dazed mother of a five month old who’s just two weeks back at the full time day job, I’m proud. They may be baby steps, but baby steps are still steps–especially when you’re also dealing with an actual baby! 🙂

So, tell me, how is it going for you?

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