Unofficial NaNoWriMo Update: Reboot

November 23, 2011 in Novel, On Writing by pacejmiller

With a week to go in the official NaNoWriMo challenge, I hope everyone is on track with their target of 50,000 words.

As for me, who isn’t registered for the official version and is doing his own ‘unofficial’ version, here’s a little secret I’m going to whisper to you…I haven’t done anything!

Excuses excuses excuses.  But they are legitimate ones.   I’ve been extremely busy looking for work (both full-time and freelance), which has taken a lot of mental and physical energy out of me.  Emails, letters, updating CVs, phone calls, interviews, tests, samples, etc — on a daily basis.  Plus a family health emergency a week into the month pretty much derailed everything.  As a result, the planned epic writing sessions have not even taken off.

On the bright side, the family emergency is over and it’s all good now.  Plus I have several jobs and freelance gigs either offered or in the pipeline.  The interviews are still going on but after next week I’ll probably have to finally make a decision as to what I am going to do.  Essentially I have two options when it comes to full-time opportunities.  I can go for a traditional job that offers some challenging work that I have an interest in, with traditional hours and reasonable potential.  Or I can go for a very cruisy job with flexible hours that offers slightly less pay but affords me the time to do other things, such as work on my own stuff and freelance.  It’s a dilemma.

Back to NaNoWriMo.  I figured, since this is an unofficial thing anyway, why do I have to create arbitrary rules such as having to write 50,000 words in the month of November?  Why don’t I just reboot and start tomorrow and write 50,000 words in the next 30 days?  Why the heck not?

So that’s what I am going to do.  Not tomorrow (because I have plans…), but maybe next over the weekend or next Monday.  Yes, that’s what I am going to do.  Until I say otherwise.