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Day Three of NaNoWriMo – Reality Sets In

As I embark on the third full day of NaNoWriMo, I’ve decided to give readers a peek at how to proceed. For those without experience, don’t you know?

Everyone who’s ever done this insane challenge has tips for survival. I’m no different. However, I’m crazier than most and have a few other irons in the fire at the same time. This is how my day might go, if I were the fanatically organized person that I used to be.

7 am – Up, dressed, coffee in hand, ready to tackle the day ahead.

7:30 – Dispense with e-mail for the morning, regular check-in sites, and other business.

8:30 – Begin writing on NaNo project for the day

Noon – Break for lunch and more coffee, tea, soda, water, etc.—check e-mail again for important items and flag

1 pm – Begin writing on Poetry Chapbook Challenge project. After getting at least two poems finished, move on to the PiBoIdMo Challenge. Only one PB idea needed, no embellishments. Easy. Then put together an article for submission later in the week on Baikal Lake and its influence on climatic conditions in various local locations. Schedule research for another article.

5 pm – Break for the day and get ready for dinner. Check e-mails, sites, etc.

6 pm – Take the rest of the night off, relax. Go have a bit of fun.

Lawzy, that sounds so good. Who could fail to finish the challenge with a wonderfully compact work schedule like that?

Now comes reality. Any given day of the week/month – (Caveat—don’t sleep in until ten in the morning. You’ve just lost the day.) Instead, crawl out of bed by at least 8 am, make large coffee, do mail, bills, e-mails, blogs, necessary sites to maintain social contact, answer phone, finish and submit that article that’s got a deadline tomorrow, begin next article/story for submission with a deadline for four days from now, do at least three pages of work on the novel that already sits patiently on the hard drive. The clock strikes 3 pm.

Check e-mails again for confirmation of acceptances by editors. Add that info to your submission scheduling spreadsheet. Now you have almost three hours to work on NaNo. You hit the ground running and get four pages in when company drops by, or the maintenance man comes to fix whatever. Stash NaNo so it doesn’t get erased.

Check e-mails and admin on blogs. Run over to FB to see if anyone has rung your chimes over there with interesting stuff that can’t wait.

Look at the clock with its info of 5:30 pm. Almost time to quit anyway, so might as well grab a shower before dinner.

Who’s cooking tonight anyway? Me? But I don’t have anything planned for a meal! Are there any leftovers looking for a repeat performance? No?

Can we eat out? Scratch that. This is November—property taxes, insurance, regular bills, and subscriptions due. How about fend for yourself night? That could work, couldn’t it? Just this once?

Found enough to eat, filled stomach, looked longingly at TV schedule, drag self back to computer. Pack butt in chair. Do a minimum of 1500 words today if it takes all night.

Crawl into bed somewhere around 2am. Nothing written tonight for NaNo has any value. Any kindergartner could see the holes in logic that stretch a mile wide. Not only that but the characters are wishy-washy to the max, and you’re not sure, but the villain may be more likable that the hero.

Gotta sleep. All that can be fixed tomorrow. Huh? Forgot, just write, no editing. But I always edit as I go! Lose the habit. No time this round to do that. And on and on and on… into dreams that hold panicked running from villains wearing the faces of friends and gigantic sink holes swallowing up the road ahead.

**Repeat the next day, hopefully with fewer tasks and greater writing time, along with less panic.

Hey, people, it’s only a silly challenge. If you can make it work for you when thousands of other writers around the world are doing 3000-10,000 words a day for it, that’s nothing to concern yourself with. This is a self-pace challenge after all. You only need 50,000 words total for the month. Heaven knows you talk more than that.

There you have it. No pressure at all. A goal, a clear look at one’s writer’s day, an ideal to strive for, and one very real bit of advice. Don’t sleep in late!

Good luck, folks. A bientot,


  1. Pearl Ketover Prilik
    November 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Claudsy…. Great chuckle…. Especially enjoyed the ending line….. I originally committed and thought NaNo was 150,000 words! When I found out it was 50, 000 was a relative relief…. I did say I speak 50,000 words at dinner…. To all enjoy and yes agree again,.. No editing….I am only moving forward…not even looking back except for a name I might have written and forgotten! Enjoy… I’m thinking of Nano as a friendly grandmother.

    • claudsy
      November 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm

      Whether I make my goal or not, I know that I’m working toward it. I’m giving it a try, regardless of outcome. That’s probably why I’m still around in the world. I keep trying to make one goal or another. The process keeps me living, learning, and working toward prosperity. And the definition of that word is a while ‘nother blog entry.


  2. November 24, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Hi, I’m from Baikal. Come and visit us

    • claudsy
      November 24, 2010 at 11:26 pm

      I’d love to see it one day. I have a few other months-worth of traveling before thinking about seeing other countries, though.

      I’m sure there would be so many lovely places to explore and discover. Ahhh, too many places, so little time and money.

      Thank you for the invitation. It made my day.


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