November 15th 2017
Today marks halfway through NaNoWriMo. How am I doing? About as well as I was doing a week ago. I wrote 8,000 words of a new novel in the first eight days of November, and seven days later I’m still on 8,000 words. I was getting 1,000 words a day done, and I was actually quite enjoying it. And then I stopped. I just… didn’t do any more. I don’t have a reason why. Usually I’m full of excuses, but I have none now. I just haven’t done it.
The aim of NaNoWriMo is to reach 50,000 words in a month. I was okay with hitting 30,000 because 1,000 a day is a nicer, more rounded number than 1,667. So for the first week that’s what I set out to achieve, and I did it pretty successfully.
I just need a Monday. Any time I try to commit to a goal or a project, I have to start on a Monday. Monday is the equivalent of a round number. Why start something midway through the week on a Thursday, when you can round it up to Monday?
I spend a lot of my free time rounding things up to Monday.
I need to start running again, and I need to start writing again. But it’s almost Thursday, and nothing good ever started on a Thursday. Because by Thursday it’s almost Friday and then it’s the weekend and nothing gets done on the weekend. So I need a Monday to reset myself. I can start running again, and I can start writing again. Except by Monday, November will almost be over so I may as well just round it up to December, right? And that’s basically next year so I may as well just round it up to January 2018.
In a quirk of the calendar, January 1st 2018 is going to be a Monday. So that’ll be a super-productive day, I’m sure.
And as you’ll have noticed, I’ve somehow just rounded up from tomorrow to January, so that’ll give you a pretty good idea of how these personal projects usually end up going for me.
Still, to end on a positive, I am 8,000 words up on what I used to have. And that’s the most I’ve written of anything significant in a while. So I’m at least trending in the right direction.
Until tomorrow, I’m just rounding up a bit too much,