Discipline and the Lack Thereof

So, what can I say?  Not only can’t I seem to catch up (let alone keep up) I keep falling further and further behind.

As of this moment in time, I am 18,114 words below par and need to write 2635 words per day for the rest of the month in order to finish on time.  Unless I manage to get something written before work today, I’ll be 19,781 words behind by tomorrow.

Tomorrow the dogs go meet their new vet, Thursday I have to go in to work early for CPR re-certification, Friday I meet a friend for lunch (and then go to work, a combination that pretty much shoots my entire day), and on the 30th I’ll be out for a large chunk of the day.

A win is looking less and less likely.

So am I just going to chuck it all and say “Nope, can’t do it. Not even going to try.”

Nope. Can’t do it.  Have to try.

Have to do, not try.

After all, I still have half a month.  And I once did 100,000 in one month so not quite 50,000 in half a month should be pretty much the same thing, right?


I just need to discipline myself to sit down at the keyboard and focus on Word, not FB, not a message board, not Jig Zone, but on writing.  And with two fantasy novels (one plotted, one pantsed) in process, and another (science fictionish this time) story lurking in the wings, I should be able to cobble together enough words somehow. (The science fictionish one is a bit of a stretch for me: dystopian, sort of post apocalyptic– definitely not what I usually read.)

And, yeah, I should discipline myself to just one novel – preferably the one I spent all last month hashing out an outline for – but words are words and the latter two stories need to be told right now.

So, let’s see where this adventure leads us.

After all, isn’t that what NaNoWriMo is all about?




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2 responses to “Discipline and the Lack Thereof

  1. anilaheartland

    I ended up using Leechblock on Firefox to block myself from being on Facebook, Twitter, and all my other favorite time wasting sites for periods of time during the day so I had to force myself to work. It’s done wonders for my productivity. And as a side benefit, my mental health seems to be improving. So that might be a consideration. Don’t block the entire internet. Just the sites you know you spend too much time on. Good luck!

  2. (hugs) You wouldn’t know it from my word count, but I’ve been where you’re at. (rueful grin) It’s *hard*, sitting down and getting the words written. One just has to ignore the social media for a while and concentrate on writing.

    You’re more than welcome to sprint with us on Wednesday or Thursday, 2 EST, if you’re available. I’m guessing you’re probably working during that time, but you’re more than welcome. (more hugs)

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