I have a writing routine that works for me… most of the time. Usually, my free writing warm-ups followed by kitchen timer sessions keep me on track. I even have a workable plan in place to keep a light writing schedule while I travel. Sometimes, though, life gets in the way, and all of my routines are derailed.
My biggest obstacle to a productive day is illness. Whether I’m recovering from surgery or simply have the flu, when I’m sick, I can’t write.
Insomnia isn’t my friend either. If I can’t sleep at night, I nod off during the day when I’m trying to work. There’s nothing like a full page of the letter S to make me feel like a ninny.
I’m blessed with an easygoing husband and wonderful friends, but the occasional argument can throw me for a loop. I replay conversations in my head, wondering what went wrong, and most of the time, I wind up feeling guilty. I find it very hard to concentrate on anything until I feel steady in the relationship again.
Lately, though, my problem has been the house. Unexpected repairs and issues have kept me so busy that I haven’t had the time or energy to write. I got so far out of my comfort zone that I couldn’t find the motivation to write a To Do list, much less work on a short story or my novel.
Then I realized that it’s almost November, which is National Novel Writing Month.
I’m going to be busy this year and I hadn’t planned to participate in NaNoWriMo this time around. I need a jump-start, though, and I need it now. If I wait for a quieter time, it will be spring before I pick up the threads of my routine. So I signed up.
That means I have the rest of October to finish plotting and planning my project. Then on November first, I’ll dive into the first draft of my new novel. The goal is to write 50,000 words by November 30th. It’s not an easy challenge, but I’ve done it before and I know I can do it this year. Finally, I’m excited about writing again.
Have you ever tried NaNoWriMo? Are you planning to join the fun?