SheNaNoGins begin again #NaNoWriMo2019

It’s the most writing-ist time of the year!

At least, for me and a number of other writers, November represents the big NaNoWriMo (that’s National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated) push.

50,000 words / 30 days¬† = 1,667 words per day, plus bragging rights that you ‘won’ NaNo

I mean, the glory of actually completing something is probably mixed in there, too. That’s why I keep coming back. This will be my 7th NaNo (I’ve actually been participating since 2012, but I skipped a year), and I’m as ready as I’ve ever been. (Except maybe in 2017. I was SUPER ready that year, and it got me exactly nowhere…)

Here’s how my first day of NaNo 2019 has gone so far:

Plan: Get up early. Head to the coffee shop. Write my first 500-1,000 words. Have coffee with friends. Home for lunch, then another sprint in the afternoon to close out my 1,667 for the day, followed by a celebratory blog post.

Reality: Get up early to finish work project I failed to complete last night. Get to the coffee shop 10 min later than friends. Let coffee break (actually, chai tea latte and cinnamon scone break) last so long that I miss getting home for lunch with family. Upon arriving home, wash sink full of dirty dishes family has created. Then on to an unexpected work project. Finally sit down to write in the late afternoon and realize I haven’t set up my template yet. Get template set up, then there are only 10 min until we all have to get out the door for the kids’ karate class.

Honestly, that plan vs reality check in is par for the course around here. But that’s not going to stop me.

In fact, I’m off to karate with laptop in hand. Maybe I can squeeze in 500 words while I sit in the parents room?

Happy NaNo-ing!

I’ll be blogging my NaNo 2019 journey right here, so feel free to follow along. And let me know in the comments how your reality is shaping up!


Photo of vintage teal typewriter by Dustin Lee on Unsplash

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