I spent a large part of day one trying to convince myself to write. I’d woken up with a headache and I was growing more and more achey and my novel was staring me in the face, practically daring me to write it and the second I started it’d pull away from me, mocking. “Haha, can’t catch me!” I was a bit tired, you see. Every now and then I’d start stressing over it. “Oh but I need to write! I’ll fall behind on NaNoWriMo and I want to hit 3k words today.” I just happened to be staring at Scrivener, willing myself to plonk some words down when Dan reminded me that I didn’t need to hit 50k by the end of the month. That I am doing NaNoWriMo for fun and whatever I do write is a bonus so there’s really no need to panic over not writing lots of words in one day. This was exactly what I’d been saying beforehand, I just seemed to have forgotten about it in all of my excitement and tried to push myself too hard.
I’ll be taking it easy. I’ve got my epic fantasy on the go as my main story but I have also started a chick lit on the side for a bit of fun when my fantasy feels too much like treacle wading.
Remember guys: no matter how seriously you mean to take your writing, NaNoWriMo is fun and there’s no need to burn yourself out. Just because you don’t write as many words as some other people does not make you a failure, you’ll have still written more than the average human being and not “just ‘cus” but because you care about something. Don’t put too much pressure on yourselves this November!