So, NaNoWriMo 2017 is literally 13 days away, and it’s safe to say, the panic has set in.
Well, not panic as such, I know what stories I’m focusing on, I’ve made starts on both of them, I know what direction I’m heading in.
My problem is finding the time to get this done.
For the last five years, I’ve smashed NaNoWriMo to bits, even from my first try. I’ve finished early and written past 50,000 words, I’ve barely broken a sweat most years doing it because I’ve always been so used to writing at least 700 words a day. For me, NaNoWriMo in previous years has just been a case of writing a bit more than usual.
This year, things are different.
This year, my entire life has changed, to the point where it’s nearly unrecognisable. I’m now a full-time carer, I’m more stressed than I’ve ever been in my life, and I’ve never felt as low as I do currently. I’ve been taking at least one day a week off writing, I’ve been running into roadblocks with my stories, nearly lost passion for them at times.
Never in my life have I been like this. I’ve always been so passionate about writing, and I still am, it’s all I want to do with my life. But, life itself is getting in the way.
For a while, I considered not doing NaNoWriMo this year, because I didn’t feel like I had the energy for it.
But, I decided that I’m not going to let life beat me in this. Life is kicking my ass in every single way possible, and I really should just focus on the more traditionally important things in my life.
I’m not going to, though. I’m going to do this. I’m going to smash NaNoWriMo 2017 again, I’m not going to let life beat me in this. NaNoWriMo is my month, and it’s going to be stressful, I’m going to be losing sleep as I hastily write at midnight to catch up with myself. But I’m going to do it.
NaNoWriMo is the month where I’m going to write like never before, I’m going to make up for all my missed days, and get myself back on track.
I’m going to write every day.
I’m going to stop taking breaks.
I’m going to focus on getting on top of my stories.
I’m going to write 50,000 words in a month.
Screw what life throws at me. I’ve completed NaNoWriMo during my A Levels and all three of my university years. This year, I’m at the beginning stages at creating a freelance writing business, while caring full time.
I can do this. I can write 50,000 words in a month. I have done it before, and I will not let myself down this year.
Interruptions, lack of ideas, dwindling passion for stories, I’m going to ignore it all. I’m going to fall in love with my ideas again, not let the pauses stop me, get the ideas flowing again.
NaNoWriMo 2017, I’m coming for you.