by Lillian Csernica on November 21, 2014
As of this moment, my official word count is 37,100. That leaves 12,900 words to be written in the next 9 days. 1433 with a repeating decimal per day and I’ll bring it in by the 30th. I’ve been writing between 1700 and 2000 per day, so the NaNoWriMo site tells me I’m looking at hitting the finish line on the 27th. Thanksgiving Day. Holy cats.
I have to say, I am doing what I really hadn’t thought I could do. 10,000 words per week? That’s 40 pages, according to standard ms format. Writing every single day, come hell or high water? Now that the rainy season has finally arrived, high water is not an impossibility, given that one border of my property is marked by a creek. As for the hell…. Some days are better than others, some days are worse, but the writing still has to get done, yes?
I must confess that this week I’ve had to push myself harder to get the work done. November is one of my busier months. Michael’s name day is Nov. 7th, the Feast of the Synaxis of the Archangels. There are four important birthdays this month, including my father’s on the 18th and John’s on the 23rd. And then we have Thanksgiving. This alone involves a complex list of questions and decisions that have to be made and remade every year:
- Where are we eating?
- Who is eating with us?
- What are we eating? Who can eat what? What can’t we have due to food allergies, lactose or gluten intolerance, and any possible philosophical or religious conflicts?
- Do we have enough room? Where will we put the kids?
- And then there’s the usual chaos surrounding making sure we have all the cooking utensils, pots, pans, baking necessities and enough matching pieces of everything to set a nice table.
This year, for some reason I’ve decided to get crazy and make some napkin rings. Curse you, Pinterest! You have so many pretty pictures, and you make it all sound so easy! I raided a fabric store today for craft glue, ribbons, and a bizarre variety of buttons. You know you’ve gone off the deep end when the ladies who work at the store can’t resist asking what you plan to make. That particular pile of supplies will go toward both napkin rings and Christmas ornaments. That explanation lowered the Weird Level of my purchases to something that made sense.
And yet I cannot allow myself to be distracted! No messing around with craft projects until my daily word quota has been written! One of the big reasons I enjoy making jewelry is because it works parts of my brain that I don’t necessarily use while I’m writing. I use a different department in the Idea Factory, so to speak. It also keeps my hands busy while the novel’s characters are having private meetings in the back of my mind. They’re busy making decisions and mounting conspiracies, so when I go back to the keyboard to have another go at writing, I’ll discover mutiny on the page. They wanna do what they wanna do. The great part about NaNoWriMo is I just let my fictional people run wild. This is like the Dress Rehearsal. Get it out of your systems now, boys and girls! That way when we buckle down for Opening Night, we’re ready to put on the professional performance.
Still, it is hard to maintain momentum over this long a haul when I’ve never done it before. Gotta get there. Gotta make it to the finish line, if only to give my agent a heart attack when I tell her I’ve already written half of the sequel to Sword Master, Flower Maiden. It’s important to know how to motivate yourself, right?