NaNoWriMo is now a week in and although I’ve earned a badge for writing 5,000 words, if I continue at my current rate, it will take me until January 3, 2016 to complete 50,000. The reason for this is that I can’t seem to break the habit of editing everything as I go along; that, and failing to prioritise my writing above other activities demanding my attention.
As NaNo is an exercise in writing — a stream of consciousness almost, with time later to spend editing — the idea is to get the words down as a draft, so you have something to edit. When you are continually editing, it is easy to lose momentum and become disheartened, not only with the content but also with your progress or, should that be, lack of it?
Having said that NaNo has made me realise just how much time I actually spend procrastinating and allowing distractions to rob me of valuable hours that should be spent writing. Although I haven’t managed to increase my word count every day, I am going to persevere to keep trying to establish a daily ritual that will become ingrained and harder to break, as November nears its end. Of course, it could all go up the swanny by next weekend, and when you see your writing buddies romping off into the distance with their on-target word counts, it’s difficult to feel anything but a sense of resignation as you’re left lagging behind.