~ Catherine Beaumont ~
This is the second year that I have done NaNoWriMo…..so why is the world am I so darned BAD at it this year? I am experienced! I know how the month flies by, surprising you with mystery illnesses, holidays and incredible shopping opportunities that will leave you completely unprepared for the holidays if you miss them….how am I allowing myself to fall behind on the daily word count?!?
…..Because I already know I can do it! I won last year. I finished with four whole hours to spare! I am a WINNAH!! I am obnoxious! I am totally stressed out! ….and I am still going to do it again this year, but I am going to suffer for my hubris. Really great writers talk about the importance of routines. They create a time and space to foster consistent creation of their masterpieces. I have three kids, an old house, a day job and a husband that travels. I am lucky if I brush my teeth twice a day…in fact, we are ALL lucky when I brush my teeth, because I can melt a computer screen with my breathe after eating salsa!
I Write when I can fit in the time and I binge write when I have a rare block of time. I have been “sprinting” with my Nano writing buddies for 15 minute increments, and I am going to write an entire book in One Month, ….in 15 minute increments….and in late night or early morning quiet hours…..and in car line waiting for kids to get out of school….with Freaking Dora and the Wonderpets blasting in the background…and while turning the dryer in for 15 minutes more to dry the towels…..because THAT is when I have time to write.
My house is messy and I leave dishes “soaking” a lot. I sniff kids clothes to see if they can wear what I found on the floor this month. I spray a lot of Lysol on doorknobs to prevent everyone from making me sick and I order a lot of pizza. I do everything wrong this month, BUT…..I will still write a whole book! I will do it….the hard way.
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