NaNoWriMo is really NaProWriMo (National Procrastinate over Writing Month)
Well, here it is, Day 6 of National Novel Writing Month. You know, that’s where crazy people all over the world VOLUNTARILY decide to write a 50,000 word first draft of a novel in 30 days. This is the first time I’ve tried this, so I thought I’d post a few updates throughout the month.
So far, I’m actually ahead of my daily word-count goal – My project is over 20% complete. More specifically, it’s 24.59% complete as of right now. Because I may or may not have created a spreadsheet to track this number… Overall, the writing is going well – I put together a fairly detailed outline, which I finished on 10/30. They say there are 2 types of NaNo writers – you’re either a “planner” or a “pantser” – you either plot everything out ahead of time, or you fly by the seat of your pants. Apparently I’m the former type – it seems to be so much easier to sit down and write when I know what information needs to be included in each chapter.
All that said, the theme of today’s update is PROCRASTINATION. Yes that’s right, the art of putting off till later what you should or may as well do now. It seems that trying to write a novel in a month is really bringing out my most supreme procrastination skills.
Here is a (partial) list of things I have done since November 1st to avoid writing:
Made a Summer Vegetable Bake. For fun.
Repotted some succulents and then gave all the plants some plant food
Went to the grocery store 5 times (and I still forgot eggs so I guess I’m headed out again later today)
Looked through the entire B-52’s catalog and played a few from each record
Vacuumed the closet
Made a spreadsheet to track my NaNoWriMo word count
Organized, dusted, and vacuumed my office, including wiping down my desks
Started knitting a hat
Dug out the sweater I started knitting in 2012 with the determination to FINISH IT (no more procrastination!)
Vacuumed the bathroom rugs
Cleaned the stove
Photographed some gloves
Logged into my Healthcare.gov web site and started looking for a new plan since mine is conveniently being discontinued
Went to the craft store to look for yarn – because you know, you always need more yarn
So as you can see, NaNoWriMo has been incredibly productive for me! Not only am I looking forward to seeing how my novel takes shape, I also can’t wait to see what else gets done around the house.
Honestly, maybe I should write a novel every month.
So even though I’m a “planner,” I also seem to be a “procrastinator.” But show me someone who is trying to write a novel in one month who isn’t procrastinating, and I’ll come over to bring you a vegetable bake, and vacuum your closet.
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