My immediate reaction: *laughsnort* As if.
I’m busy. I have a full time job. I’m studying for my MSc on the side. I have to visit my parents and boyfriend at the weekends. I’m trying to remember to go swimming once a week. I have to buy food for the house and then quite often cook it as well. And I’d like to be able to read a normal book once in a while as well!
At the same time, however, I want to keep writing. It’s one of the few things I feel I really ought to put the effort into. It’s my own thing. No-one else is checking up on me, and it’s a thing I feel I can do (as vain as that sounds). But it’s equally a thing that requires a ton of practice. But not necessarily a ton of time.
- get up early and write before breakfast
- watch less TV in the evenings (apart from Sunday nights at 9pm) and write before bed
- lock myself in a room at work and write during my lunchbreak
- dictate to my phone in the car on the way to work, parents’ and boyfriend’s houses
I probably will:
- end up doing none of the above
- think about what I want to write while driving, swimming, making dinner
- take half an hour each day and try to plan something
- take another half hour the day after and type and type until that plan is on paper
- forget until November 17th… and start again
And at the end of it, I won’t have a novel. But I’ll have worked on this idea that’s been in my head for a while and dedicated some sort of attention to it. Then, one day, when I don’t have study/job/driving/cooking/eating to do – I’ll write the novel!
But not this month. Sorry, November. Besides, I always liked writing poetry better. Bring on April!
Good luck to everyone working on NaNoWriMo this year! May you be organised, prolific and successful.
*You should read this post if nothing else but for the beautiful calendar! This is such a good idea.