Day 18 – Conflicting priorities

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.

Today’s word count: 1,317 (Total words to date:  31,398)


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