Yep that would be ME!
And with the arrival of my Freewrite Traveler I no longer have any excuses at all either… well, barring writer burnout, family dramas, and life in general.
If you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s short for National Novel Writing Month that happens every November, sending writers to their keyboards to bang out 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s a 501c.3 organization that supports literary fluency and education in classrooms across the country. People from all walks of life can join without ever having written a novel before and you never know, by November’s end, you could be a novelist! Or at least someone who’s written 50,000 words for a novel.
I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo since 2012 although I didn’t hit my goal until 2013 with Finding Sam (which clocked at 125k words total). I’ve only sat out 2018, judging from my dashboard, and although this year, I told myself I should just focus on my writing on my own, it’s nice to have writing buddies to cheer you on and help you be accountable. You can find me on the NaNoWriMo website here and if you’d want to be buddies, let’s connect and encourage each other!
So my goal this year is to write 50,000 words and as of yesterday, I’ve hit 768 words for the manuscript. Sure, I’ve written more words than that but they were story outlines and brainstorming and I’m not counting those words. I just need to listen to my characters more and focus focus focus.
Speaking of focus, that’s one of the main things I’m struggling with. I can no longer rely on having five hour blocks of alone time to craft my stories. At best, with online schooling in full swing and being with the LilDude 24/7, I’ve only been able to get between 15 to 25 minutes here and there.
Last week, I thought I could just wear my earphones and play music to help me write and the moment I did, what I thought was 25 minutes of bliss was also the same amount of time LilDude decided to be disrespectful to his teacher and his class aide on the other side of the wall. I only found out about it when the aide asked to speak to me after class was over.
So yes it’s been tough to find focus but I have to find it. Writing is passion. It’s my livelihood. It’s my escape*.
So NaNoWriMo it will have to be. After all, it’s more fun doing it with others. So I hope you can join me!