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Another One Bites the Dust – NaNoWriMo Update

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After 17 days of taking the National Novel Writing Month challenge, I have a newfound respect for those who stick with it and successfully meet the goal of 50,000 words.  The first week was rather enjoyable for me with the story flowing easily and it was wonderful to be back writing after such a long absence.  The second week was a bit more trying with more time spent plotting than writing and it became harder to find time to meet my daily quota.  When I wasn’t able to write one day, I was fairly good at making up the words the next day as well as meeting the quota for that day which meant an extra long amount of writing.  But that too became harder to do.  As you can see in my log below, during the latest week, I haven’t written or even been able to make up for the day before.  While I was hoping to do better, I try not to be too hard on myself.  There’s a good reason that I haven’t attempted this writing challenge before and that reason is the holidays.  In years past, I’ve taken a break from writing in November and December to concentrate on all of the 1001 things I do to get ready for the holidays including entertaining, family visits, Christmas decorating, holiday activities, parties, cooking and with two small children to raise full time, I need every spare second I can muster.  This year appears to be no different. In American culture, the preparations for the holidays largely fall on the women and it can be quite the undertaking on top of the tasks of daily life.  It makes me wish National Writing Month was in the spring or summer when life is less demanding. While I will continue to work on my novel this month, I owe it to myself and my family not to become a crazed lunatic and so I won’t put a ton of pressure on myself.  Life is all about priorities and while the writer in me is balking at the idea of being put on the back burner, being a writer is not the only role I play and I need to fulfill my other responsibilities as well.  So all you writers out there, especially writer moms, be kind to yourself during this, the busiest time of the year!
Log-  Day #1: 1670 words + 743= 2413, Day #2:  1947, Day #3:  1705, Day #4:  1768, Day #5:  1673, Day #6:  0, Day #7: (make up day: 1697) and 1841, Day #8: 0, Day #9:  (make up day: 1690) and 776, Day #10:  (make-up day:  894) and 1160, Day #11:  (needed to make up day: 510) and 270, Day #12:  761, Day #13:  1763, Day #14:  0, Day #15:  0, Day #16: 0, Day #17: 0

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Author: Jasmine Angell

I'm an Arizona native living in Salt Lake City, Utah. I'm the author of the YA fantasy novels, The Psyne Series, and on a daily basis I juggle the creative life with a happily energetic family life. I love reading, dancing, snowboarding, and planning Victorian tea parties. I'm obsessed with all things Steampunk and I'm certifiably horse crazy.

7 thoughts on “Another One Bites the Dust – NaNoWriMo Update

  1. Looks to me like you’re doing fantastic on word count. You’re doing better than I am, and both of my kids are in school all day:) Keep up the good work!!

  2. Jasmine, Kudos for just taking the challenge, and if it has sparked your imagination great! If it is getting in the way of life, don’t let it. Nano is really for all those people who keep saying that they will write a book, but never quite get around to it. You have already done that, so you are ahead of the game! BTW, would you be interested in sharing a booth at the April Comic Con? I was looking to see if there were other authors in the area who would like to chip in and share a booth. Feel free to get in touch if you would be interested!

  3. I still think you’ve done fabulous! On the days you’ve written, you’ve gotten a lot done, so well done on that! It’s good that you know what your priorities are and are sticking with them. NaNo, while cool, isn’t worth becoming a crazed lunatic. 🙂

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