Thursday, November 06, 2008

Staying On Track When Things Go Off Track

It’s Day 6 for those of us doing Nano. Hope everyone is finding their rhythm. I had a good roll going but it sort of sputtered out this morning. After racking up daily word counts of 1,800 to 2,000 words I came up with a measly 631 this morning. My mind was festering on some other issue that has been bothering me and it just would not let go and allow me to concentrate. So I decided to just journal it out and try to get it out that way. That helped a little and after I did that I went back and managed to end up with around 1,530 or so words total. Which brings my total word count to 11,564. More than respectable.

But I have to say I hate (1) being stressed; and (2) having said stress affect my writing. I know its inevitable that you’ll run into road blocks like that. Life is a stressful adventure, after all and there are times when said stress is going to get the better of you and all your reasoning and deep breathing and telling yourself not to worry isn’t going to do a thing.

Thankfully, my mini-meltdown only lasted a few hours. By the time I got to work and thought things through a bit more I calmed down. I feel better. Not 100%, but not like my head is going to explode either.

So it’s onward and upward. Tomorrow is another day to kick the word count up a bit more and stay on track. How is everyone else doing?

7 comments:

Cat Schield said...

De-stressing--that's what chocolate and long bubble baths are for...

Congrats on getting back on track. Your progress is fabulous!

MaryF said...

Hugs! I know just how you feel! This week has been crazy with school stuff, and I haven't written a word today. I started with such a bang, but I'm slowing down. Will get to it after dinner...

Christine d'Abo said...

I didn't write a thing yesterday. That said, I'm going to attack it today. I'm aiming for 5k, but I might just be a bit insane. :)

But you are doing awesome, and 700 is better than a blank page. I know you'll start smoking again later. :)

Melissa Marsh said...

Great job on the word count! I'd definitely say it's respectable.

Not doing NaNo this year...too much other stuff going on.

Tess said...

Glad you found a way round your writing block! And yes, stress can do nasty things to wordflow and wordcount.

Hope things stay on track from now on :)

Rene said...

I had a mini-meltdown myself yesterday. I only did about 1K yesterday. I have a lot to make up for, but I do think it will be easier next week,

Kacey said...

I'm not doing Nano this year. Too much stuff going on in my life. But I'm with you on the stress getting you off your stride. Glad you mostly worked through it.

Good luck on Nano!