Stress, and day 6 of NaNoWriMo

It doesn’t matter what goals you set for yourself… getting that new job. Asking that hot girl out. Finishing that project by such and such day…. We are all going to have distractions, all have little things that set us back, or make the job harder.

Right now, stress seems to be the biggest one for me, and my goal of finishing NaNoWriMo, or more importantly to myself, finishing a full length novel.

And the stresses aren’t major ones. My tire was flat, I had to take my daughter to pick up her glasses, my normal back aches and pains. Nothing huge, but those little stresses add up.

Sometimes it’s best to just take a day off and relax. Breathe. Read a book. Listen to some music. Go out to dinner with your significant other. Sure, you’ll fall behind on the goal for a couple hours, but you can catch up.

Even if the only break you can get is taking twenty minutes to walk away from the entire situation and just do something that has nothing to do with your goal, you will return feeling fresh and invigorated.

Yesterday I was only able to put a hand full of words on the page. It was a struggle, and I decided the better idea would be to take a break. Finish the book I’d been reading. The word count wasn’t worth the stress. Not when I could take the few hours to pull myself together, and start fresh the next day.

That means I need to write 1800 words a day to complete NaNo on time, or just have some really good high wordcount days. Either way… I’ll get there.


I’ve got so many distractions right now. Doctors, car repairs, children’s homework, and my own head that keeps running away with worries and possibilities.

One of my biggest distractions? That huge stack of story ideas that I want to finish. Each one wants to be completed, and I don’t have enough time or the mental energy to write all of them right now.

Eventually… over time… I am sure I could finish them all.

But what about “Plants vrs Zombies”? Or “Skyrim”? Or bubble baths with good books? S’mores by the fire? Come on! I NEED these things… right?

All of these distractions piling up, and my stories are forgotten on their little flash drive.

Pick one. Write. Edit. Publish.
Rinse. Repeat.
Just keep swimming….

And remind myself, day after day, that if I finish this and start publishing regularly then maybe, eventually, I won’t have to have that day job anymore. Then I’ll have time for “Skyrim”, “Plants vrs Zombies”, and every episode of the “Walking Dead” that I missed. Till then…

Go Write!