Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Week #2, Bring in the Dancing Ninjas, #NaNoWriMo

I was off to a roaring start. As of last night, I clocked in almost 20k words over the first week, excluding the weekend.

I went to work, but I did not go to the gym, cook or clean. My words were having a major dance party.

But today I am drawing blanks. Oh, I make myself write, but not as fast or as furious.

I am full of excuses, and I am starting to stress about how much busier November is going to get.  How can I possibly write another 30k?

I couldn't stay and write in bed because the tree guys were back at 8:30AM with their cherry pickers to clean up the mess from last week. (We had a freak snow storm resulting in loss of power for a few days and lots of poor, damaged trees.) (Yes, the noise and the expense makes me want to cry.) (And yes, I know that all of these parantheticals aren't correct.) (So what?)

I voted in our local elections, and then came here, to Starbucks. But I happened to be privy to a loud conversation about office politics from two brassy real estate agents. Sigh. However, I can't blame them, because now they're gone and I've resorted to . . . blogging. Which is still writing, btw, but it doesn't count for #NaNoWriMo.

Thank goodness for the pep talks that #NaNoWriMo gives you, like this one from last week from Erin Morgenstern.

I hear that the slump is more than common for writers, and that I need not despair. I need to keep carving out this space for writing, and give myself permission to dance with ninjas.

Back to Scrivener - farewell my lovelies!


  1. Ninjas, FTW!

    I'm using NaNoWriMo as motivation, not as a spring to the finish. I've barely cleared 3,000 words TOTAL, but those are 3,000 more than I would have had otherwise. Life happens. Kids come first. I'm sure you'll find your flow again! :)

  2. You rock. I still haven't reached 10K.

  3. My husband has been amazing with the cooking and cleaning so that I can be with the kids when they're not sleeping or they're at school and I'm at work!

  4. You BOTH rock. Steph's right - it's so much more than we would have otherwise. I am seriously slowing down now though. The whole Thanksgiving week will be a bust.

  5. Guess it's too late to start this challenge now. Just on my own, I was happy to get around to typing up my brief story notes last night. Think all I clocked was a late night watching Grimm, On Demand. 20K is inspiring!

  6. It's not too late to join the NaNo party Amanda! Look, it's already 9:15 and I haven't written a word yet. I need a yoga class first. (Yup, I'm slowing down . . .)

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