NaNoWriMo 2018 week 4: Final steps!

The last week… NaNoWriMo 2018 will end this Friday!

Luckily I have more time to write this week and I got off to a good start.

Although I really enjoy NaNo every time and it definitely gives my manuscript a boost, I always seem to forget how tired you can get. Of course I write a lot in daily life, but 50.000 words just are a lot in thirty days. Especially when it’s a month where you already have a lot of appointments.

Of course, it’s partly my own fault, although some things you can’t escape. Like I said; I do not intend to set aside everything to be able to write. Not even if I have a deadline.

Besides writing, I also spent an afternoon at the Coornhert Gymnasium in Gouda. This school has the “Fantasy Experience” every year where writers are invited to give workshops and have a meet & greet with the students. Very nice of course!

In the same week, I was also present at the winter edition of Castlefest on Saturday, where I, together with my colleagues from Celtica Publishing, stood behind the stand to sell books, chat with readers and of course sign my books. Also awesome!

Furthermore I like to spend time with my family and friends and it doesn’t matter if it’s November or  any other month. Although that is all at the expense of writing time, I certainly wouldn’t want to miss it. ❤

Now I have two days left … two days to successfully complete NaNoWriMo 2018. Will I succeed in making another final sprint? I will definitely try it!

Moreover, I have a great holiday in prospect and something to work towards is always a good motivation.

For everyone who wants to make a final sprint as well: Come on! You can do it!

Lots of love, Patty

NaNoWriMo 2018 week 3: Busy and chaotic

The third week of NaNo is almost over!

I have been away for a weekend and enjoyed it very much! 🙂 But of course that means I had less time to write. When I returned home the week started well and I managed to catch up a bit. The story, the world and the characters are getting more and more shape.

But right now, it’s pretty much a disaster. I have a lot to do and therefore I am chaotic. With two book events and a birthday this week, I really want to spend the rest of the time sitting on the couch with a cup of tea and Netflix.

These days happen when you write, sometimes you are just not feeling it or you don’t want to write. And that’s okay! As long as you don’t let it drag for too long, you can easily take a day or two for yourself. After all, writing should be fun!

Even if you are a full-time writer like me, you will still have days like these. Especially because you also have to deal with fairs, promotion, events and signing sessions that are all fun to do but also require a lot of energy.

For me, the biggest problem is that, if I am busy writing, I can’t stand to be disturbed in my flow. I become very restless when I can’t write due to circumstances (appointments, events, even fun times with family and friends). It’s not like I would want to miss those things, absolutely not! I really don’t want to set everything aside for NaNoWriMo or writing in general.

But I do get very tired of myself sometimes because the story in my head just goes on and on and I can’t get it out. When I do have time to write again, it often does not work. Scenes are getting tangled and ideas are messy. I get stuck, as it were, and have to be rebooted.

But I have set a goal and I still intend to get there!

How are things going with you? Do you think that you will be able to reach 50k at the end of this month?

Lots of Love, Patty