Well, we’re finally here in the final days of NaNoWriMo. I’m behind. Again. It’s finally dawned on my today, that I always get behind at the weekend. What with the kid being off school and the boyfriend off work and all the Christmas shopping, family commitments and such, I struggle to find the time to sit down and write. If only I’d had this revelation earlier in NaNo, I might have been able to combat it by writing more during the week. Never mind, it’s all part of the fun.
My main struggle, apart from the constant game of catch up, is switching my brain from one task to another. Even when the kid is at school, I have to interrupt my writing to answer the phone, pay the window cleaner or do boring chores like the weekly shop or clean the bathroom. I hate this. I wish I could just sit and write like it was a 9 to 5 job. But, I can’t and I suppose I’ll just have to make peace with that. I often find it difficult to emerge myself back in the story after I’ve had to stop, meaning I wander off doing other things, because my momentum has gone.
It’s also difficult for me to switch from study mode to writing mode. Academic writing and fiction writing are very different, obviously and after prolonged study, my NaNo writing starts to sound like an assignment and vice versa.
Overall, though, I’ve quite enjoyed this year’s NaNo so far and even though I’m languishing behind where I’d hoped I’d be, I still feel confident that I’ll ‘win’.
How is your NaNoWriMo going?