Life was very demanding yesterday, leaving me falling asleep at 8pm at night as if I were age six again. I wound up going to bed later than usual, without having completed the NaNoWriMo writing for the day. This now puts me behind in NaNoWriMo by five full days.

What’s a writer to do?

I remember reading No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty (founder of NaNoWriMo).

In that book he speaks to forcing yourself to jump right back into it. . .with the understand that you want to really avoid missing more than two days in a row of writing.

It has been my experience that this advice is full of truth. The times I’ve missed more than two days of writing in a row, by day three I’m all tapped out on motivation. Sometimes I don’t remember where I left off with the writing project and now I have to either re-read large chunks to get back up to speed or ignore it and miss more days of writing.

  1. Thus, it’s okay to miss a day of writing. Don’t beat yourself up too much.
  2. Jump right back in the next day and meet your writing goal.
  3. Try and make up the previous day’s writing goal the next day if you can. If you’re unable to, just do that day’s goals and be content.
  4. Whatever you do, make a plan so — regardless of schedule or life demands — you don’t miss more than two days in a row. Can anyone say the holiday commitments & travel are upon us?
  5. If it’s day three, don’t go to sleep until you get some words on paper, even if your brain is shutting down, only allowing you to type the words, “I’m so sleepy right now! But I’m living the dream.”