One of the many reasons I like NaNoWriMo is because it helps me to focus. I am very much a goal-oriented person and the whole challenge with very concrete milestones is exactly what I need when I’m trying to get writing done.
I should probably do more of it in my daily/weekly writing activities.
Day 13 proved to be a day when I needed to find and maintain that laser-like focus. It was another exhausting day of deal with all the various things that are magically appearing regarding my ailing parent. We found more evidence of failures to deal with the various day-to-day things that make up our lives so we had to deal with those. None of it was fun. All of it was stressful so when we finally shut down for the night around 8PM I just wanted to go to bed.
That would have been my first day without any words written.
I couldn’t let that pass so I did sit down and start to write. About 300 words in, my eyes were drooping big time.
Again, I thought about stopping, but I had a goal I wanted to hit so I forged ahead. And the words started to come more a little easier and I started to wake up.
You can’t beat goals to provide the focus you sometimes need.
Challenges for the Day
Tired and stressed from lots of things.
Number of Words for the Day: 2086 words
Considering what I first thought I would achieve, 2,086 is nothing short of amazing to me.
How I Hit my Word Total for the Day
I sat down at 8 PM and started out very slowly. Momentum built as I went. I wanted to give up several times, but I kept plugging away and left myself in a very good spot to pick up again.
Today’s Goal: 2,000 words
Another stressful day on the horizon. The positive thing about today is, the stress will be taken care of early so I can probably start hitting the word totals earlier. The thing I need to consider is, I’ve been away from work the past two days so I have some catching up to do on that front.
Number of Words to Date: 28,608 words
I will break the 30,000 word mark today. I will guarantee that right now. Despite everything that is going on in my life, NaNoWriMo is one of my rocks. I can fall back to it when the stresses hit. I think it is helping me to deal with everything else that’s going on right now.