NaNoWriMo 2014

NaNoWriMo is right around the corner, less than a month away, and I am woefully unprepared. I haven't yet figured out my writing schedule, or created a basic outline for my project, or really given much thought to the whole thing in general.

I do plan to participate. I want to participate. And I need to get myself organized in order to be successful. Last year, I won NaNoWriMo - it the first time I'd ever won and the third time I'd participated. I know the reason I won was because I had the support of my husband and I had made a writing schedule (cleared it with the hubs) and stuck to it.

This year is so different though. For starters, I'm pregnant and constantly battling exhaustion. When the littles head off to school, I either head to the gym or do the household chores and errands, so that when Little M gets home from school, we can have lunch and then Mommy can take a nap before Little B gets home.

Second, Little M is morning kindergarten which has put a huge wrench in my initial plans. I have to go to the gym in the mornings because they don't have afternoon childcare and while they do have evening childcare, we have too many kidtivities in the evenings to make that a possibility. So two mornings a week, I'm at the gym. Then there are doctor appointments - which as most of you can imagine, are not fun when you're toting around extra children. They're nosy, they ask embarrassing questions, and they want to "see". Ugh. So, baby doctor appointments are made in the mornings, sans kids. Then there's the occasional coffee date with friends, which let's face it, has to be done sans kids. What's the point, otherwise, right?

So why is all this relevant? And what does it have to do with NaNoWriMo 2014? If I was a better writer and self-motivator, probably nothing. But all this is just an excuse on why I'm behind on prepping for NaNo this year.

But as I've been writing this, I've realized that NaNo is just a month. I can handle a month. I've done it in the past and I can do it again. I need to get creative with my schedule and fit in the writing when possible. I need to put some apps on my iPhone and iPad and make sure they go everywhere with me. A positive is some of the kidtivities will be finished by November 1st, which will open up my schedule a bit.

Basically, I need to take 30 minutes, print out the calendar, organize myself and I know I'll feel a lot better, more productive and definitely more optimistic about NaNoWriMo 2014.

Then come November 1st, what I need to do is: 1. Put my bootie in the chair; 2. Fingers on keyboard; 3. WRITE!

Whew, what started out as a pretty negative post has turned into a positive one! I guess sometimes all we need to do is settle down, make a list (or a blog post) and things fall into place. Well, I'm off to consult the all-knowing Google calendar and get myself prepped for NaNo.

Are you participating this year? Are you all prepared? What is your biggest impediment to participating or succeeding this year?



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