Weekends are the time I’m able to get things done around the house and for my family. I’m usually able to dedicate a few hours to tasks that need them that I simply can’t during the work week. When NaNoWriMo is on the calendar, this leads to conflicting priorities.
Do I write or do I take care of outstanding projects.
Do I try to do both? Like I said, conflicting priorities.
Day started off strong
Many people I know, my family included, like to sleep in on the weekends. I will admit to occasionally doing that too, but not today. Today was the scheduled second launch of SpaceX’s Starship. I am a huge space geek and, love him or hate him, Elon Musk is doing some exciting things with SpaceX.
I woke up at 5:30 am to watch the second launch and I wasn’t disappointed. It was as exciting and inspiring as I had hoped.
After the launch, the adrenaline was still flowing so I started writing. And I got a good 500 words down in short order before I started thinking about my to do list for the day.
I could always pick up where I left off, right? Things were going great and I’d have no trouble regaining that momentum, right?
I saved my work and went to work on those other, conflicting priorities.
Coming back to it
I made good progress on my projects over the course of the day. I had dinner and sat down to write.
I’ll bet you already know where I’m going with this.
That earlier flow I had achieved refused to come back. There are lots of reasons for it, I suppose. I was tired, physically and mentally. I had been thinking through my projects and not what I needed to write next. There was also that little voice that kept saying, “You’ve done a lot today and you are a day ahead of schedule for NaNoWriMo. You can afford to take the night off.”
Those little voices are insidious things.
Happily, I chose to ignore the little voice and keep pushing through. The writing went much slower and probably wasn’t quite as good. I keep reminding myself that you can’t edit words in your head. Only those on the page. Every word I wrote down was a win.