Okay, so I already told you that I pretty much had to throw in the towel when it came to NaNoWriMo. Between work and school, my joints just weren’t cooperating. Now that the craziness following Hurricane Sandy has died down, I’m back to work as usual, meaning very little free time until Winter break.
Working in a college Writing Center definitely has its perks. I’m surrounded by lots of talented writers every day. Most of the tutors are English majors, and some are poets and fiction writers going for their MFA degrees. My boss and a few of my other coworkers were doing NaNoWriMo with me, and the last time I had checked their word counts, they were doing pretty well. I got to work early yesterday morning, so my boss sat down with me and we just talked while we waited to open the center up. She’s sooo cool, and we have the kind of rare employer/employee, professor/student relationship where we can talk to each other about anything. She gives me great advice all the time, and occasionally I do the same for her. I told her how I fell off the wagon and how much that disappointed me. Then she made a great suggestion: why not bend the rules a bit? Living with RA means that sometimes you have to improvise in life, so why would this situation be any different?
The solution we came up with was that I shouldn’t worry about writing a new novel this month,
but instead worry about fixing the ones I HAVE written. I have two “finished” first drafts of novels that I’ve been neglecting. She challenged me to finish editing at least one of them by the end of the month. Challenge accepted. At least with the editing, I won’t have to worry about writing a lot all at once. I can break it up into smaller, more manageable pieces. It doesn’t matter to me if I’m not following official NaNoWriMo rules at this point. All that matters is that I’m not allowing some achy joints to prevent me from doing what I love most.
Hopefully by the end of this month, I’ll be able to announce that I have a second draft finished. My boss also invited me to join her writing group. She and 2 other women meet every so often to read and critique each other. I’m totally going to jump on that chance, because that pressure is definitely what I need to keep going. Slowly pushing forward…