Something occurred to me this week: November is crazy busy! This month not only includes Thanksgiving, but we had a family Bat Mitzvah and my grandfather was honored for the volunteering he does with other Veterans. There have been end-of-the-year meetings and parties. There have been work events that keep me late or going back after hours. There are birthdays and just a desire to see my friends.
Oh, and I’m writing a book or three… actually four. I’m technically writing four books.
Every year I get to February and wonder why I’m so burnt out. Well, maybe this is the reason, right here. I do too much in November and December because there is so much to do.
It brings up the question: how is my writing going this November?
It’s a complicated question because, as some of you know, I’m not actually doing NaNoWriMo. I gave myself permission to write without forcing myself to finish anything or hit any goal. I love what’s happening in Northanger Park and the character Katie (named for my sister) who is so open to finding love. I love talking about these parks, designing the characters, naming the rides, and figuring out how much Disney I can bring to it. I love Ethan, our hero, who has his own issues but hasn’t shut up since I was in Disney. I’ve only written 16,000 words.
Normally I’d been pushing, right now, for a cushion that would put me closer to 50,000 than necessary. You know, to accommodate for Thanksgiving. Normally I would be spending all my free time at coffee shops, libraries, and anywhere else I could write. I’d be staying up late to take advantage of momentum. I would, in all honesty, be exhausting myself. Instead, this year, I enjoyed a weekend with my family, not touching the novel once. I saw cousins I haven’t seen in years and, even though still a bit injured, took a Duck Tour of Boston with my father, sister, and her boyfriend. We went into Boston another day and enjoyed Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall.
So, how is NaNoWriMo going? How is my writing going? It’s going great!