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NaNoWriMo–day 3

November 3, 2009 by  

I wrote 31 words today.

seriously. that’s it.

The word processing document has been open all day, but I didn’t add anything other than about 4 sentences.

I could blame it on the sick (not really, she wasn’t feeling all that hot at breakfast, and hasn’t missed a day of school so far this year, so I kept her home) kid, or the impromptu work for BlogHer I agreed to do, or the extra kindergartener I brought home at noon.

I could also blame being tired and unmotivated.

I did accomplish a few things, though. I made chicken noodle soup today.  I roughly followed this, but used cornish game hens.

and I answered email. LOTS of email.

and caught up on a few phone calls.

I also took a super long shower–something that I haven’t done in months. I totally vegged out. It was so so nice.

I’d be lying if I said that skipping today didn’t stress me out. It makes me nervous that I’m already off-schedule, especially since we have a super busy weekend lined up. And tomorrow’s picture day, and I’m supposed to help at the school all morning. And it’s Wednesday, which is early-release day.


How’d you all do today?


day 2

day 1

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7 Responses to “NaNoWriMo–day 3”

  1. Tracey on November 4th, 2009 1:48 pm

    Sometimes the freedom to write only 31 words is worth more than writing 1667 words in your day.

    Just enjoy the fact that you did write something and move on. You’ve got time to make it up and if you love your subject you’ll make it happen.

    I never felt that NaNo was an open excuse to be critical of our writing selves. It takes discipline to write every day – even if it’s just a few words – and that’s part of the process.

    Hope today is going better for you.

  2. janewilk on November 4th, 2009 3:14 pm

    Hi, Stephanie –
    A mutual friend sent me a link to your blog, because I’m doing NaNo, too! I think you have to take each day as it comes and go with it. Someone I met at the NaNo kickoff (who seemed WAY more organized than I am – she did NaNo in 2007) said that since her schedule really varies day to day, she sets a daily goal for herself each evening for the following day based on what she anticipates her day will be like. Some days it might be a big word goal (or at least a long block of time set aside to write) and other days it might be two fifteen-minute blocks and that’s it.
    This is my first time to NaNo, and in the four days it’s been so far (!) I’ve found that I really have to do it first thing in the morning after I drop my daughter at school, and I can’t come home to do it (too many distractions!). I went to Starbucks on Monday and today, and both days I logged big word counts by 10 or 11am. I’m still finding this scary – and I’m sure next week I will completely hit the wall – but it’s kind of fun, too! Good luck!

  3. Cathie Rainwater on November 4th, 2009 4:38 pm

    I’m only at 3,010 words, so don’t feel bad! I do photography so I had to bring a client her pictures, and then hung out, stopped at Staples and got fun stuff for my girls, came home and picked up, vacuumed, threw in a load of darks, got the girls off the bus, had them help me with putting some laundry away, made them pick up stuffed animals, fed them snack, and now I’m sitting…

  4. Stephanie on November 4th, 2009 5:25 pm

    I haven’t even gotten to NaNo for the day but that’s par for the course. My fiction has been relegated to after 8-9pm lately and usually I don’t finish until nearly 11p but I, too, am already behind today. There was lots of emails and other projects that had to be done earlier today. I’m at 6274 but I really want to keep it going.

  5. Donna Peters on November 5th, 2009 6:12 am

    Ok, I was totally off the mark when I commented about writing each day. I totally misunderstood that you are writing “other than your two blogs”.. at home, like a novel for the NaNoWriMo… sorry. I can’t imagine writing a novel… I know you can.
    The more pressure I put on myself to blog, the less I can get the energy or brainpower to do it. Try not to put pressure on yourself… of course… how do yo do that… if you can figure that out, forget writing, bottle the remedy and sell it.. you’ll make a mint.
    Good luck, but don’t forget to blog… that’s what my NaMoWriMo will be all about… I promise myself to blog each day.. and that will be a challenge for me!

  6. jill on November 5th, 2009 9:50 am

    I’ve been following your blog and today you made me laugh out loud because I can relate. Somewhat. Ok, so I’m not writing and didn’t have a sick child at home, but I feel for you. You’ve got a lot going on so give yourself a break for the 31 words. Its early in your challenge so don’t get worried or you’re going to create stress around the writing and take the enjoyment out of it. Just think, maybe those words yesterday will spring you into a new direction and today you will write many great words (or maybe not but you tried and thats ok).

    And coming from a working mother of 3 I can tell you that the feeling of the long shower was definitely worth being a bit behind your daily goal. Remember you’ve got the rest of the month to catch up.

  7. Sue on November 5th, 2009 6:36 pm

    Hi Steph–
    My friend, Lynne, and I are big fans of your crockpot blog and so when I saw that you were doing NaNo I suggested that we get out of our writers’ slump and do the same. Of course, she’ s way ahead of me, but it does help to have a friend to motivate you. If you’re in need of any tips, you might check the NaNo site under procrastination…the traveling shovel of death seems like great fun and I plan to use it soon. You could too. But not on any real people.

    See? Isn’t that a good tip?

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