NaNoWriMo: An Update and Things I’ve Learned

Yes, I have fallen off the writing wagon hard. Remember I said I was reading the Divergent series? Yeah, I probably should have waited until after NaNoWriMo was over to read it. One thing I have always known about myself, but not really acknowledged: it’s hard for me to find a happy medium sometimes between reading and writing. I either want to do nothing but writing or nothing but reading.

So, I highly doubt that I’ll actually reach the 50,000 word minimum by now (though if I include the writing I’ve done on here, plus that little rewrite I did, I bet I’d be getting close) due to the holidays and all that, but that’s okay. The whole point of NaNoWriMo is to prove to yourself that you do actually have time to write and to just force yourself to sit down and do it. And there have definitely been times thus far where I have done that. I attempted to write on either Friday or Saturday and only got 300 words. It’s still progress.

I know when I have time to write–in the morning before I go to work or before the day gets started on the weekend. Now it’s a matter of continuing the habit and trying to make sure I go to bed at a reasonable time during the week, especially. Because I have been reading, I’ve been going to bed around 10:00, not 9:30 like I should be. At this point, it’s a matter of continuing to establish the habit despite my other obsessions. I’ll have to work on finding the happy medium between reading and writing at the same time.

I’ll also admit I’m struggling a bit with writer’s block right now. Now that I finished up a big plot point, I’m trying to progress it to the next one and it’s a struggle, for some reason. I’m not sure if I’m focusing too much on certain characters or on relationships or whatnot instead of the plot, but it is a struggle right now. I’ll hopefully push through, but we’ll see.

Ah, well. The good thing is that reading the series actually knocked off two items from my Reading Challenge. The first book in the Divergent series (Divergent) was turned into a movie. The last book (Allegiant) is over 500 pages long. So, with that, I’m down to 10 books to read for the challenge! Hopefully I’ll get a lot of time to read with the holidays coming up, but that’s doubtful. I am planning to take off a few days around Christmas and New Year’s and do a bit of a staycation, so that may be a great opportunity to do a bunch of reading. (And, yes, hopefully writing.)

I’m not giving up yet. I’m still going to write in the mornings. I’m just doubtful I’ll reach 50,000 words by the end of the month. And that’s okay. The important thing is to just keep writing.


2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: An Update and Things I’ve Learned

  1. Count the short story! To me, NaNoWriMo is just like you said – finding time to write, no matter what the project is. (I’m a total rebel – this year (my first year ever) I am working my way through a series of prompts to practice different writing styles. I will not have one cohesive piece at the end of the month – but I will have written every single day!)

    It’s really inspired me to try and think about writing no matter what is going on. On thanksgiving day, even with all the cooking I managed to put down 16 words. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but it made me reevaluate how I was spending my time, and work writing in as a priority instead of an afterthought.

    Good luck!


    1. Precisely! “… work writing in as a priority instead of an afterthought.” That is exactly what I’m having to reteach myself and what I’m doing with NaNoWriMo. I’ve fallen off a bit recently, but knowing that I’ve proven to myself that I can do it and it’s a matter of maintaining it is a big hurdle that I managed to get over already. Now it’s just making sure I keep going with the baby steps of staying dedicated and doing something every day, even if it is only ten words.

      I’m glad to hear you’re doing something similar! Thanks for commenting and good luck to you as well!


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