I was off to a solid start (thanks to a rare free weekend), but as a young adult with so much going on and so many new responsibilities, I'm coming to terms with the fact that I won't be making the 50k word goal for my story this month.
I'm not letting that get me down, mind you, this is a fantastic community and I can still use NaNoWriMo as inspiration to write more often than I would have if I had not been made aware of this magnificent month's holiday.
Who else in this age group is experiencing something similar? What's getting in the way of your writing time, and how are you feeling about it?
Yeah, I'm not making it either. I'm a teacher in China and that in itself is two big issues. First, teaching takes way more time and energy than I expected, and being in a foreign country just makes you … bleh. I'm in the third/fourth month of culture shock, so this is to be expected. Oh well. I'll win on the YWP site with my students, so that's something :D
I'm feeling like it may not happen, but I'm holding out hope!
I work a lot of overnights, with developmentally disabled adults, and while I love my job, I do not have time to write between working and then sleeping the next day! You know what though? I feel like even starting this has helped me grow (it's my first year) as someone who enjoys writing for fun.
Oh yeah, I'm definitely not going to win, but since I was using the month mostly as a brainstorming exercise, I don't really consider it a "loss." I'm making some good progress on developing my idea, and anything I get down is more than I had written before.
Yeah.... 60+ hours and day work weeks make for a sleepy me. I'm going to keep trying though. I might surprise myself, but I'm making myself write regardless of how tired I am some days. That's why I like NaNo it gives me a healthy pressure that I need sometimes :)
I am well behind, and while I'm not going to proclaim myself a non-winner yet, either way I am happy with my progress. I'm getting a lot better about sitting down and writing something every day, and I am working up a skeleton draft of my novel, so even if I don't win, I'll have made good progress on a project that I've been trying to figure out how to do for a while now.
My semester of grad school ends tomorrow, though, so you never know. I may take next week by storm and make it!
There isn't much time left, but considering how much I managed to pound out in the three solid writing days I did squeeze in, I might get at least half way there. But you guys are right. It is far from a loss. I have the basics hashed out, I have the snippets of dialogue that have been floating around in my head for years down in the same place, and there is a real sense of accomplishment from even having been a part of this grand scheme to get writers writing.