08 November 2013

Reality Check: This is harder than I thought!

If you read my previous post, I wrote a fairly decent pep talk about what was going to be my first Nanowrimo. I mentioned that the biggest thing to hold me back from completing the program would likely be my perfectionism. 

To my surprise, time management has been extremely difficult so far. But maybe I should clarify "to my surprise." Time management has never really been something I'm good at, especially since I'm a pantser as opposed to plotter. Even with my graduate thesis I often wrote by the seat of my pants, and I was a tremendous amount behind on my work right up until the deadline, when I pumped out almost twenty pages a day. 

For some reason, a last-minute deadline is what jump-starts my brain, which is blissfully exciting and terribly annoying at the same time. For Nanowrimo, I've tried very, very hard to avoid doing this. For the first time, I'm trying to fit writing in as much as possible during a busy day--I've brought my iPad to work to use on lunch breaks; I've tucked in a notebook in my purse to scribble things when I can. I come home from work and...

...fall asleep in my computer chair just as I've started typing. 

WHAT?

What an unexpected turn of events! It's been a while since I've worked because I've been in graduate school all this time, and now that I've got a job (even though it's only 30 hours a week), for some reason I am extremely exhausted as soon as I get home. I go to sit at my computer and maybe make it a half-hour into writing before I start nodding off. I leave to do things to try and wake me up, but then I sort of surrender and just go to bed for the night. 

It's frustrating that I'm using up valuable writing time for sleep, so now I'm trying to rethink my Nanowrimo writing strategy, and I'm stumped on what to do to make up for lost time. 

I should be writing 2,000 words a day, and according to one of my emails from Joel Friedlander, in order to meet my deadline I should have a little over 13,000 words completed by now. 

I'm just short of 5,000. (AHHH!)

I don't know if this is a health issue or if I'm just unaccustomed to working and standing on my feet for seven hours daily, but it has me super bummed. Do any of you have any suggestions for making up for lost time? How about time management for Nano?

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