NaNoWriMo Nov 10/ posted Nov 15

NaNoWriMo Update 10 November 2021 

Hello, everyone 🙂 

As promised, here is my ongoing blog to accompany my absolute and utter failure that is my participation in NaNoWriMo. 

As mentioned last week, my daughter was sick, which meant she had to stay home from preschool, and me being a single mom, had to take care of her, which means very little writing has been done. 

I’ve tried getting up early – 5 am early – but guess who just wakes up with me? 

I’ve tried staying up late to write, but that does not work for me and my style. 

I’ve even written some while Paw Patrol blasts in the background – I wonder if my novel will have subtle Paw Patrol Easter eggs strewn throughout? 

Because  I can only write in snatches here and there, I have not been keeping track of my word count. At all. Or writing the desired amount a day. At all.

But then I sat back and thought to myself, the point of NaNoWriMo is to write your novel. Not to write 1,667 words a day, every day, if you can’t. And here is the thing, I can’t. It’s impossible, being a single mom of a (sick) toddler, to get any writing-related work done. 

So, here we are, 10 days in, and the “goal” is to be at 16,670 words.

I am at 13,602 as of this post. Under by 3,068 words and no chance to write again until Tuesday… (!!) (Technically, that’s under 2 days behind…) 

Still, I think I have this in the bag. The plot seems to be writing itself at points, and every time I jump into writing again, the characters are there, ready and waiting where we left off. 

Bottom line: I have NOT written as much as I wanted to/ is expected but I am getting it done. I feel like that is the true meaning of what NaNoWriMo is… just don’t ask me what the true meaning of Christmas is. 

Published by Erica Black

Erica was born with a rare disease called an arteriovenous malformation in her right leg. She is now an advocate for those with disabilities. She left the corporate world in 2016 to pursue a career as a high school English teacher and began to blog along the way. She has a BA in English Lit and minor in Creative Writing. Her writing has been featured in The Martlet, The Globe and Mail, Heroica, and more. She enjoys cats, reading, and her daughter.

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