Never the Easy Way!

october colors
October’s splendid colors on display at the cottage “up there” in Michigan…Helping to inspire the creative juices for NaNoWriMo in November

I never like to do things the easy way, it seems. My second “go” at NaNoWriMo is set to begin in less than two days, and I have managed to clutter my life with all sorts of things that need tending to—very soon!

Of course, I’m speaking about attempting to finish the revision of last year’s NaNoWriMo effort, The Bet, so that I won’t have that hanging over my head—forever on my mind—as the daily writing effort gears up all through a month that couldn’t be any worse for attempting such a challenge.

After all, I have had several months to be farther ahead with the revision/editing stuff, and having the thing ready to send off to Amazon for all of my eager readers to pounce upon and gobble up ravenously! Well…

Nevertheless, I’m close to having it to that stage and can putter and tinker and polish it some more at odd moments between now and the end of November, thus freeing my mind to focus on getting the next one going and developed through a month crammed with an annual weekend hunting trip to southern Illinois, our annual Thanksgiving family gathering here the week after, a dentist appointment, two book clubs and dinner, picking up the grandsons from school three days a week,  the older grandson’s basketball games every Saturday during the month, and the wife’s medical “procedure.”

Somewhere amidst all of these November items—plus the normal daily/weekly chores I tend to around here—I might be able to find time to crank out the minimum 50,000 words called for! Writing this now, I’m foreseeing many a late-night/early morning routine for the thirty days of November. Normally, I do my regular writing between 7 and 9 a.m. I have a feeling, though, that I’m in for many two-a-days in the month ahead.

Scrivener
The look of Scrivener–doing double duty in the month ahead!

I know that last year was equally as hectic and scheduled right to the brim, yet it didn’t seem so daunting. And then again, I wasn’t trying to finish a novel right up until the start of the new one. I guess I will get things worked out as things get going, and I hit my daily word count targets, but thinking about it all now seems a bit concerning.

But perhaps I will work best under cramped conditions and a calendar that is bursting at the seams. Yes, the more I think about it, the more I believe that it’s the perfect scenario for me to accomplish everything and succeed in this year’s NaNoWriMo. After all, I never do things the easy way…CortlandWriter

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4 thoughts on “Never the Easy Way!

    1. My life wouldn’t be the same if things weren’t completely hectic–especially in November! But I suppose that’s what adds to the fun of the adventure. Thanks for checking in, Carrie. 🙂

  1. Hello again, I’m so impressed that you’re taking up the challenge of NaNoWriMo. I’ve looked at it but chickened-out from actually taking part this year – terrible huh. Reading your blog I was smiling at how many of us seem to work better when our backs are against the wall and the ticking clock is reminding us we’re working against a deadline with loads of things to finish. I work so much better when I’m under pressure than when I have weeks to do something – wonder why that is? Crazy but it works for me. Lots of luck with NaNoWriMo.

  2. TWV2: Thanks so much for checking in and sharing your thoughts along these lines. I don’t know what it is, but I seem to get things finished–in sort of a :round-about-way–when I’m completely overloaded with things that need my attention, yet still trying to write a 50,000 word masterpiece! And with that, I need to get back to doing so. Check back soon! 🙂

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