Top 5 Things Learned in My First 2 Days of NaNoWriMo

As a newbie to the magical, exciting land of NaNoWriMo(National Novel Writing Month: http://nanowrimo.org), I’ve found one extraordinarily important aspect to being a NaNo participant, is that you must become painfully and embarrassingly aware of the many ways in which you waste time and avoid writing.

In honor of all those who, like me, can’t find enough time in any given day to finish their current novel or get through yet another round of editing but somehow sent 7 Tweets, accidentally made another batch of cookies that aren’t part of the health plan, and watched the Blacklist, then spent another thirty minutes debating with your mother whether the husband really is good or evil (probably evil, but
I so desperately wish he was good), here’s both a list of the Top 5 Things I’ve Learned In My First 2 Days of NaNoWriMO and the most poorly constructed paragraph length sentence I’ve ever seen or written in my life.
Note:  This technically should be a classic Top 10 list, but apparently I lack follow through.
  1. As soon as you are ready to focus and write, absolutely everything that can go wrong will.
    1. Evidence A: First, I dumped dinner into the crockpot in the morning to save time later.  That was a great idea, until I dumped the crockpot right onto the kitchen floor.  Guess what? Crockpots actually do shatter, especially lids. Anyone for a serving of chili with a side of shattered glass and some dog hair from the floor?
    2. Evidence B:  Second, I got organized and packed the car for the region’s first write-in. Then, my car wouldn’t start. It’s still dead. 
    3. Evidence C: Next, I settled in to write at home with my adorably large chocolate lab.  He got excited and hit my incredibly large drink with his extremely powerful tail, and it spilled all over my laptop and outline. 
    4. Evidence D: Lather, rinse, repeat: Determined to prevail and let my laptop dry out, I decided to break out my laptop from school.  It popped up my school email automatically, and I discovered I had emails from over 30 of the 110 8th grade students whose first research paper is due Monday.  Two hours of reading papers, giving advice, and answering emails later, I remembered I was supposed to be doing my own writing. 
  1. The NaNoWriMo website is there to help and support you, but it can quickly turn you into a creepy stalker. 
    1. NOTE: Perhaps nobody replied to your new thread, because they’re all off writing their novels, like you should be. . . 
  1. It’s really frustrating to discover that the harder you try to use different words, the more you just find yourself just using certain ones, really repetitive ones that you just don’t feel like you can live without, over and over and over again.  I mean, really, I just want to get my points across, but I really can’t seem to just do that.  If I could just figure out what I really wanted to say, maybe my novel would become just what the world really wants. 😉 
  1. NaNoWriMo = National no reading month, as I can’t seem to read someone else’s story while writing my own.  I’m too worried it will influence me and what I write.  Alo, if I read something really awesome while working on a novel, then it can lead to crippling writer’s block, onset by my own personal doubts and insecurities over my own writing.  “If I can’t be that awesome, why am I even bothering to write at all?” I often ask myself after reading an amazing novel.  The answer? It’s impossible to become awesome, if you won’t even try. 
  1. I’m exhausted, but I know I can’t quit now.  I promised you 5 things. Now I have to sit here and pick through my brain until I can figure out what to write next, while my dog gets to go to bed.  Now, replace “you” with “NaNoWriMo” and “5 things” with “1,667 words,” and that pretty much sums up how I’ll be spending the next 28 evenings. 
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