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Post-NaNo Failure Funk, Revisions Funkadelic?

It’s been 25 days since I last wrote a blog post, 41 days since I worked on revisions for Arcana Revived, and 16 days since I last did any writing for my #NaNoWriMo project. I ended NaNo with only about 35,000 words, my worst performance yet. To say I’m in a funk is, frankly, an understatement.

There’s plenty of reasons for it. Compared to this time last year I’m at a new job, in a new relationship, and no longer in college. Things have been rather topsy-turvy for awhile now, and it’s taken awhile to get settled into a new routine. One where I’m no longer fretting about whether the rent will be paid next month, and where I know for sure that there will be food on the table. That sort of thing makes a big difference.

I’ve missed a number of self-imposed deadlines. I do a lot better when someone else is imposing a deadline on me, like when I was in college. Part of the reason that I’ve written six first drafts of Arcana Revived books already is because I was writing a lot of them as class projects, such as my master’s thesis project. After I lost that structure and got out of the academic routine, it became a lot harder to keep focused.

Hopefully I can make some changes soon and get back into a groove again. I was doing a good job writing almost every day during NaNoWriMo. I earned a lot of stickers (one for every 1000 words). I haven’t earned any stickers all month so far, though this blog post counts as one (one blog post = 1 sticker). So hopefully I can fill my calendar with stickery goodness and get back into the groove. We’ll see how it goes.

If it goes well, expect more regular blog posts again. I enjoy blogging about my writing and revision progress, and the feedback I get on these posts tends to help keep me in the zone.

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#NaNoWriMo Kickoff!

So #NaNoWriMo starts in about 13 hours. I’m planning on logging in and starting off right at midnight. I think the folks at #WriteClub (@FriNightWrites) are planning some kickoff sprints, and if so, I plan on being there.

In the mean time, I’m using what time I can today to do NaNo prep. Here’s what I’m getting ready today:

-I’m taking my car in for an oil change and some scheduled maintenance, so it’ll be done before NaNo time. That makes one more thing off the list that I won’t have to worry about during November.

-I’m going grocery shopping today and stocking up on drinks, meals, and (hopefully healthy) snacks. When I get busy with writing, I tend to forget to eat. When there is no food in the house this usually means I’ll end up walking to the convenience store to buy a sandwich or something. I’m planning to avoid such distractions by being stocked up as much as I can.

-I recorded my current word count on “Contamination.” It’s currently sitting at 38,595 words. That makes my NaNoWriMo goal 88,595 words, though I’m actually shooting for 120,000.

-I’m finishing up all of the homework and papers I have due for my grad classes at Rowan University. I currently have one assignment due next Wednesday, but rather than putting it off and working on it later in the week, I’m finishing it today so it’s done before NaNo. That way I have fewer distractions to worry about.

I think that about covers it. I should be mostly free of distractions. I’m planning to write at least 2000-3000 words tonight, starting at midnight. Hope to see you joining me!