My lowest point so far came yesterday, Sunday, Day 11. I finally got the cold that the rest of the world seems to have, and was feeling tired and worn out, and I just wanted a DAY OFF from writing! And then, somehow, during the Seahawks game, I managed to hammer out just enough to keep me on course. Today, with a little more energy but not much, I managed to do 2,000 words.
I keep hoping I'll somehow put together just the right magical day where I can sit and EASILY compose 8,000 words, but that magical day never seems to happen. There's work, and family, and laundry and grocery shopping. If you're a student, there's math, history, public speaking, science . . . plus sports, plus chores. And we need to take a break once in a while, too, right? Writers are inspired by the plots and characters in movies and books, so watching and reading is actually GOOD for us. :)
I have purposely planned for simple meals this month, knowing that late afternoons are prime time for me to get writing done. As I was putting frozen Orange Chicken and Tofu Edamame Nuggets on a tray for baking just now, it occurred to me to be grateful -- very, very grateful -- for whoever is making your writing time a little easier. For me, it's Trader Joe's for selling easy, healthy food, my daughter for being my writing buddy, my husband for the occasional neck-and-shoulder rub, and my son, who does the dishes each night. And of course, all my NaNo writing buddies, whose progress I watch with pride and envy!
So please remember to thank someone who helped you reach your goal today. Don't just say, "Thanks for dinner." Say it with meaning, and really explain what that dinner means to you: "Thank you for making dinner for me tonight (mom, dad, grandparent, babysitter, sibling, etc.). Your thoughtful attention to my health and well-being means that I can devote myself to my writing, and grow as an artist. I appreciate your help!"
And while they're smiling and telling everyone how wonderful you are, see if they'll let you put off cleaning up your room until December. :)
Happy writing, Wrimos!