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:
And I've painted inside too: