NaNoWriMo – Week Two

I had a nap yesterday. Ok, I had a series of naps yesterday. Somehow I always forget that creative work is work, and it can be exhausting. Who am I kidding, it is exhausting.

This is the part when NaNoWriMo can really start to suck. It’s sucking up your time, your energy, your every waking thought, and sometimes your desire to do anything other than curl up under a blanket and eat a gallon of ice cream. Take naps! It makes all the difference.

I’ve been dragging this past week, and while the writing itself hasn’t been hard, living in between has been a nightmare. With appointments and meetings and family obligations piling up, most of us can’t just live in a cocoon of NaNo until December. Last night I was up until midnight fighting with my computer. Seems it didn’t want to write anymore either (I won that fight, btw).

Today, I feel fantastic. I didn’t get as much sleep as I would have liked (kids still need to go to school, even during NaNo), but I feel rested and ready to take on the day — maybe even the laundry.

Week Two is where self-care really starts to matter, so do whatever it is you do to recharge. Go for a walk. Go to the gym. Take a bubble bath. Read a book. Just take some time for yourself and let your mind rest. Remember that even for professional writers, this is work. And during NaNo, we aren’t getting any days off.

You can do this. We can do this! If you have hit a creative wall with your story, the above advice still applies. I can’t count the number of times the answer to a plot problem has just magically appeared to me while in the tub. Word of warning, though, dry off before you run to your computer. Writing injuries are not the kind that make for cool stories later on.

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