Today’s Word Count: 1,483
Total Word Count: 56,274
Estimated Writing Time: Just under 1 hour
Feeling: Quite sad. I had to put my protagonist through a rough interrogation scene tonight.
Motivation: To at least get something on the page.
Inspiration: The continued support of the WordPress writing community.
Biggest Triumph: For whatever reason, I simply DID NOT feel like writing today. However, right before bed, I made myself sit down and write for one hour. I did not hit the suggested NaNoWriMo word count (not that this really matters now), but I wrote one complete (and very important) scene. Writing anything was a success today!
Biggest Setback: As described in my triumph, I simply did not feel like writing. I felt like relaxing and brushing off the work week instead. Therefore, I took most of the day to read, exercise, grocery shop, watch TV, spend time with my husband — essentially do anything but write. Only sheer self-shaming got my butt in the chair tonight.
Helpful Insights: Some days you simply cannot measure your writing success by word count. When you feel one of these days has struck you, find another way to define your success. Try sitting down for simply one hour and just getting as much as you can on the page. Try writing just one scene, even if it is only a few paragraphs, just to keep yourself writing. Try making your characters have just one meaningful conversation or describing one important setting.
Once NaNoWriMo is gone, word count won’t be the only standard by which you judge your writing life. Your “bad days” during NaNoWriMo are the perfect time to figure out other, less-intimidating, writing goals that you can set for yourself that will actually motivate you. For me, tonight, it was a single hour time block. What might yours be?