November is here, and NaNoWriMo has begun. Despite the twists and turns of fickle fate my project is on track. I am getting my word count in my writing session every morning.
One of the twists my life has taken in the last few days is the addition of my younger brother to our household. He had been working and supporting himself but fell ill with a bone infection. He was hospitalized for three months, during which time he lost his job and his home.
Like the majority of homeless people here in the US, he suffers from chronic health problems. This has kept him in poverty and on the thin margins of society for several years. So, I now have a third person in the home again, which means I must set boundaries that protect my writing time.
I am good at that.
Another diversionary twist is happening on the National level. This is one that is not under my control: I’m talking about the ongoing “fiesta of squirrels” that is the semi-functional website at www.NaNoWriMo.org.
The new website has been rebuilt from the ground up. They have been gradually rolling it out over the last few months. But heavy user traffic makes it a difficult process.
At this point, the website is operational but not user friendly.
The good people in the Office of Letters and Light (NaNoWriMo headquarters) know this better than anyone. Very likely, they are buried under the mountain of complaints from thousands of users.
I assure you, these wonderful people are doing their absolute best to resolve all the issues, but it will be at least a year before this site functions as well as the old website did.
So, I will ask you to be patient if the site is showing you the wrong stats or your halo for donating hasn’t appeared.
We are all seeing wrong stats on our pages. Several functions we were used to being able to access are not yet available, such as regional statistics for Municipal Liaisons.
We are all finding it difficult to update our word count. Discovering where your regional forums are can be a challenge. Once you do find them, bookmark them.
As I said, I set firm boundaries to ensure that despite the distractions, I can get my hoped-for word count every day. I’ve worked through worse Novembers and gotten my word count every time.
I may bounce around between manuscripts as the day progresses, but I do get the words written on my new project. Then I update my word count every day at the national site.
In case you are curious, this is the screen shot for where you update on your dashboard:
This year I am laying down the first draft of a new novel. I write between the hours of 06:00 and 10:00 a.m.
Then, I take a break, and do some housework. After lunch I work on the other manuscripts I have in various stages of completion. I sometimes write new material on these when the inspiration hits. Those projects are going well also.
I average 2500 words each morning on the new manuscript, so I don’t bother to count the bits I add to the others later in the afternoon.
I hope your writing is going well, and that the words are flowing. Keep making time to write every day.
It takes discipline and determined effort to end up with a finished book.
And that is what NaNoWriMo is really all about.
3 responses to “I #amwriting despite the distractions”
Despite the website (and my ongoing health issues), I am ahead in my NaNo word count. Is reworking my 2018 entry cheating? t has involved new chapters, editing of old ones/rewrites, and the temptation of research rabbit holes.
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NaNoWriMo is a month dedicated to getting a novel out. If you need that time to rewrite an old novel, it’s fine by me. Some will say new work only. I say “Whatever it takes to finish the book!”
Word count is an honor thing, between you and your conscience as always.
Sure, anyone can game the system, but why would they bother? There’s no prize for “winning” other than the book you worked so hard on. It’s an individual thing, meant to get writers moving and finishing their novels. So I say good luck and hopefully you will get it straightened out the way you want it!
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Thanks Connie. After writing new zero drafts over the years – and winning – it was time to finish a book instead of adding a new one to the pile. So yes, this is my way of straightening out. Proof is in the final result.
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