I kinda failed #NaNoWriMo17 (Whoops)


I just realised it is the 29th of November and I’ve only written a few thousand words of my book.

NaNoWriMo has been a bit of a write off for me it seems.

I thought about it though and in another way, the way that makes me not suck, I managed to achieve an average of 1000 words a day on here, which I was doing anyway, so yay for that.

In terms of my book though I really need some time to sit and focus on it.

The first 100 words are so hard to write, getting it straight in your mind and making sure they make sense seems to take me 15-20 minutes and then suddenly I am away like the wind and can write and write.

I need to get into a better routine though.

Part of me fancies the idea of getting up earlier in the day and going to bed earlier at night, cutting some of the fluff from my evenings to try and fit this in properly.

I did a bit of an audit just now and I sleep about 7 hours a night, with half an hour of in between twilight time where I’m either trying to go to sleep or trying to fight my alarm.

I am either getting ready for work, at work, or on my way home from work between 7:30 and 6 every day, leaving 6 hours an evening where I should be able to balance 500-1000 words of writing a book in between seeing my kids, and watching some random trash TV.

I completely know that the TV stuff needs to die from my routine. But it doesn’t. My wife enjoys it and it has become time we spend ‘together’ even if it is in silent paralysis.

I might try and convince her that we should watch everything back to back on a Sunday evening or something. If I did that I’d have 4 hours an evening free.

Ultimately what I need to do is just naffing write!

What I want to do is:

Get a proper copy of Scrivner, mines a trial and it runs out soon.
Set aside a proper 90 minutes or so a day where I should work on this project. More if I want to, less if I can’t that day.
Lock myself in the kitchen away from the TV and everyone else – long term I hope to convert my garage and make it a bit of a hiding place for this kind of thing! Maybe I should just set my PC up in there anyway…

I need to get into a new habit. I frustrate myself because I feel like I have loads of time to do what I want to do but I don’t use it the way I want to use it and nothing is stopping me except being a bit lazy and preferring to watch TV.

I’m not going to worry too much about failing NaNoWriMo from a book perspective, as it also occurs to me (whilst I seek a silver lining and a reality where I’m not just a feckless idiot) that this is probably the worst time of year to try and sort out editing, covers and so forth.

It would be a sellers market, with everyone looking to make a quick buck out of the NaNoWriMo movement. I should probably wait a couple of months until all the NaNoWriMo folk have had their fun – if anything I should start flogging editing services!

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