Well, I knew there was a reason I don’t usually do NaNoWriMo, but it’s not my earlier stated one. It’s that November is the worst possible month for me to do it.
I knew I would be starting out behind because of my theater schedule. The show went up on Thursday, November 9th, which meant that the previous week would consist of me living in the theater. I ended up there even more than I thought due to some lighting issues, which resulted in spending about 5 hours of one of my 12+ hour days in the theater climbing around the catwalks focusing lights. It was tiring, but on the plus side, I got to spend 5 hours climbing around the catwalks focusing lights, which was really fun. I then did some set painting for a few hours before we went into that night’s cue-to-cue – a particularly long rehearsal where we set the lighting and sound cues.
In addition to that, my normal tech writing job usually involves a product release around this time, and my freelance clients often have deadlines or just happen to need input on projects at around this time, too. It’s kind of a perfect storm. All wonderful things, but they gang up on me! (In the best way possible, just to be clear on that. I love everything I do.)
In any case, I started out writing about 2200 words on the first and was pretty pleased with that, but I’ve only managed a few hundred since.
Ah, well. Once we get through opening night, my schedule starts to normalize, and that is happening now. I’ll even have a few evenings free this week. And then we strike the set on the 22nd, after which theater is finished until January, opening up my evenings and weekends for writing.
I’m going to try to finish this thing on time, but I’m also trying to accept that if I can’t finish in November, it’s not for lack of trying. I simply lost around two and a half weeks of time, as I do every November, April, and July. There is no reason I can’t allow myself to extend my own personal NaNoWriMo to make up for those two weeks, as long as I set a goal and do everything in my power to meet it.
I can’t move our production dates or software release dates, and I can’t always predict my clients’ needs, but I can set my own writing goals. Perhaps next year, I’ll just have to schedule my own NaNoWriMo in October or December instead of scrambling to do it in the normally appointed time. The important thing is setting goals and finding my motivation, and I find that declaring that I wanted to finish has made me hungry to do so.
I have greatly enjoyed the writing I did already do. I know it will need some revision, but I’m feeling more direction for the story and understanding its flow. I may not be able to announce success by November 30th, but I can’t wait to do so on December 14th.
On a more positive note, I got the sweetest review from a client today. I need to put it up on my website!