Nov 20, 2011

When you don't write...

NaNoFail. I know, I know, it's not over yet, but somehow I can't see me getting in 44,000 words in ten days while teaching full-time and presenting my house for sale. This is my first fail year after three NaNo wins. Am I disappointed? Not a bit, and that surprised me.

I'm usually pretty hard on myself about getting stuff done and about priorities. I've posted before about the need to prioritise your writing in your day and not saving it for 'spare' time, spare time doesn't exist, you need 'writing time'. But every now and then we fall off the literary wagon and instead of wallowing in self-pity, I think you have to just give yourself a break. And then move on. Pat yourself on the shoulder for not being 200% perfect, do what you need to do at the time and then plan a near future date that your writing will restart. For me, it's the school holidays. 

I'll probably start  dipping back in before that, but I've also got to display my home for prospective buyers in the next few weeks, organise the sale of our other property, shop for a home in Brisbane, do the conveyancing for our purchase, pack up our belongings, teach, do up my paperwork for my next teaching accreditation, etc, etc, etc. So now is the time to pace myself.

How's November looking for your writing? If you've slacked off, what will be your 'get back into it' date?

Here's what I've been doing this month instead - painting my house:

From this:
To this:
And I've painted inside too:



47 comments:

  1. Your house looks so pretty!

    I'm behind on NaNo too, but I'm not mad with myself. I changed stories in the middle of the month and started again :-)

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  2. I hear you! From the other side of the real estate desk. *Looking*. With countless medical dramas thrown into the mix, too. There is only so much headspace available. Only so much energy. At the moment there is none for writing. And that's okay! A break from writing can refresh and revitalise. I'm finally starting to feel that temptation to write... soon. But not yet...

    Enjoy your break - first from writing, and then from school. :)

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  3. C, your house looks incredible. Those photographs are really beautiful.

    As for writing, it's a combination of discipline and when the story is just happening. Can't have one without the other for that soup of success. That's how I've grown to see it.

    Take care,
    -Suze

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  4. I can't imagine anyone able to write 50K words in a month while preparing a house for sale. Everything in their due season! Good luck selling your house!

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  5. Meaningful mouthfuls only Charmaine or else you may choke. The house is sublime. Your capacity to juggle, champion.

    Can't wait till you move.

    I'm winding up with writing for th year; a few more edits and entries to submit then I must gear up for os trip. My new writing year should begin around Feb 12! That's my me promise. :-) Best with all you're attempting.

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  6. You've got a lot to be proud of. Getting the home in good shape can lead to more motivation in writing later on. I think I will fail with my first NaNo. The problem is I find out after 2 to 3 sessions that I don't like the script I want to write...

    My Darcy Vibrates…

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  7. With all the stuff you've been producing recently I think you can afford to take a moment to sort stuff out. Nice paint job.

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  8. You have alot on your plate! Your house is beautiful!
    Blessings, Joanne

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  9. Your house is adorable. As for writing this month. Iwasn't brave enough to take on the NaNo challenge. Not to mention, I'm overwhelmed with my own edits and rewrites. That's why you haven't seen me much.

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  10. Your house looks great. You've put so much work into it. I hope the sale and move go well. I need to set a get back to it date, too. Maybe Dec. 1.

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  11. Looks great! A fresh coat of paint can make your house look great and at a reasonable cost to you. I'm painting our house too. Some rooms the same color, other rooms something new and different. I like painting. And its so rewarding to have that new look. Walls can become scratched and dirty fast, especially with kids.

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  12. Wow, you did not fail, you just got busy!

    Good luck.

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  13. What a difference some paint makes!

    Your home is beautiful...Love the floors! Here (in the USA) it looks as though it belongs on the ocean shore--a lovely seaside home.

    I hope that your move is going well, and that you soon feel at home in Brisbane :-)

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