I was very quiet around here last month. That’s thanks to NanoWriMo taking up most of my writing time, and the fact that the silly season seemed to start earlier this year.
First, a quick NanoWriMo wrap up. I started off strong, getting well ahead of my daily target, and then a couple of really busy days meant I did little to no writing and I was put totally off my game. It took me a while to catch back up, and I only really managed it after a mammoth effort over a day or two in the middle of November. Once I did, I made sure to keep to my writing goal and hit that target every day, or as close to it as I could get. If I missed the target the previous day, I’d try and make up for it the day after.
You can see I was a lot more consistent in the second half of the graph. It’s a pretty graph, but it can’t show the drop off in things like housework which suffered as a result (although I admit I’ll do just about anything to get out of housework).
I like Nano because it means I have 50,000 words I didn’t have before, but I don’t like the added stress it puts me under to have to write every single day. I’m a person who needs a break, even if it’s only on a weekend. I also tend to write in bursts. There are days I can write 3000 words or more, if I’m into a scene I really love. Other days it’s like wading through treacle to get the words out. But it’s all part of the process, and that happens regardless of whether or not it’s November.
If you participated in Nano, how did you go?
Twenty days out from Christmas, I feel like I have so much to do and no time to do it in. There are so many birthdays, school functions, dance and sports events, and christmas parties still to go it’s dizzying. I am still reading when I can, since for me it falls under the heading of down time and I can read while my children are at their various activities, but reviewing hasn’t been on my list of things to do as much. I’ve been recording star ratings on Goodreads for now and I’ll need to do a few wrap up posts for some of my reading challenges by the end of the month, so hopefully December won’t be as quiet.
The kids will be on school holidays and the activities should quieten down in two weeks from now – fingers crossed. In the meantime, summer has well and truly arrived in Sydney. Someone pass me a drink. ?