NaNoWriMo Day 7: Life goes on, even during NaNoWriMo

Life must go on, even during NaNoWriMo

Some participants have kids. Some have spouses. Some have full time jobs. 

Some have hobbies they put on hold. Hobbies and other interests. I, for example, haven’t’ been reading much this first week of NaNoWriMo. To be honest, I’ve sort of slacked off on reading all year. I’m not sure why. Back in August, I became determined to get back into the positive habit of reading on a regular basis.

But that went all out the NaNoWriMo word counter when I started my project on November 1st. 

I think I’m going to have to reincorporate all the things I’m slacking on since I started. Reading. Exercise. Eating right. My life’s first priority right now is NaNoWriMo. And I’m not sure that’s healthy. No, I know it’s not healthy.

I even made a NaNoWriMo schedule. I’ve been getting up early and getting one or two writing sprints in before going to work. Then I go to the coffee shop after work and try to reach my daily word count before I go home. I’ve been successful in that sense.

Today, (which is really yesterday to anyone reading this)  I promised myself I would get back to some of my daily habits. I was tempted to skip church to write, but I ‘resisted temptation’ and attended. And then I went to the coffee shop, got in a few hundred words then went back to the church and helped put together some boxes of meals for the those in need around my city. It was a church wide project. And I’m so glad I did it. 

And I reached my word count for the day.

So this week, I”m going to put NaNoWriMo in perspective. I’m going to succeed at it, but I’m not going to neglect the other areas of my life.

Word count: 10824

Photo by Miguel Á. Padriñán

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