(Re-blogged from Instagram)
I’ve barely written 3,000 words so far in my casual NaNoWriMo. My goal was 1k a day, but the only day that actually happened was day number one. This NaNoWriMo was about getting back into writing everyday, about taking steps to finishing another novel, something I haven’t done on about five years. I knew it would be hard with a five month old who’s teething, I just didn’t anticipate how hard.
Most of last week instead of writing I just went to bed because I was exhausted from being up half the night with an upset baby. Or I read or played a bit of Destiny because I just needed to unwind and relax. (Or did dishes and/or laundry because baby was finally asleep and I could put her down.) Even though I haven’t been able to keep up with my goal, the silver lining is I started. The beginning is written, there are words on paper. Right now my priorities lie with taking care of my baby. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to write in the next couple of weeks, but even if I don’t write another word I’m still coming out ahead.
Someday, when baby teeth are in and nights are once more filled with sleep, I’ll be able to focus more on writing. Until then I need to be okay with my novel being on a back burner.
To all you parent WriMos out there (or just anyone) who are having trouble keeping up because other things keep taking priority, relax, it’s okay. Not hitting the 50k doesn’t make you a loser. Conquering that blank page, no matter the word count, is a victory that puts you in the winner’s circle.