Feeling a Little Trapped Here…

"Queen Anne, Exiled"Taken July 7, 2006 with HP PhotoSmart R607
“Queen Anne, Exiled”
Taken July 7, 2006 with HP PhotoSmart R607

My bad habits are haunting me. I just couldn’t wait to start NaNoWriMo… until the start date, that is. Now, I’m restless and can’t seem to concentrate. Hmmm, my coffee cup is empty, excuse me a minute.

The story is there. All I have to do is sit my ass down and write it. Geez, I didn’t eat breakfast, yet. Gimme a minute.

I know exactly what my problem is. It’s because I’m supposed to be writing it, that’s what it is. Now that I’m supposed to be writing it, I can think of a million other things to fritter my time away with. And do.

The Official NaNoWriMo Handbook (“No Plot? No Problem!”) reminds me that a fairly fast typist can burn through about 2000 words in an hour or so. When I’m up to speed I can type fairly accurately at 80 wpm, assuming I’ve managed to set my fingers on home row and don’t look up to a pageful of gibberish later… So, why am I not doing that?

I have to just sit here and do it, damn it!

Said Handbook also reminds me that many NaNoWriMoers dick around for most of the month and then fly through the last 35,000 words in the remaining 3 or 4 days before the deadline. Me, I don’t know if I’m up to that kind of marathon. I would rather continue to remind myself that I wrote a novella in three days not so long ago, so thirty days should be a walk in the park, no?

Excuse me again. I’m going to take a walk in the park and see if that helps at all.

Random Song for the Day: “Dare” – The Gorillaz

4 Replies to “Feeling a Little Trapped Here…”

  1. Best Luck for NaNoWriMo… I was planning my first outing this time, but the worldly concerns took over ๐Ÿ™

    Looking forward to reading your book now…

    Les Says: Thank you, Amey – and welcome to Where the Walls are Soft. Are you sure you don’t want to join this insane little clique? It’s not too late, you know… it wouldn’t take much to “catch up”. Whad’ya say? ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Stop it! I can’t take the pressure of watching you procrastinate!

    As they say, “Shit, or get off the pot!”

    Personally, writing is too much fun to be done under a deadline. It should be savored in the brain and rolled around gently until you taste every word, every punctuation should be a release!

    Les Says: Yessir! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve got the music playing, now… I stopped to look up a word, and couldn’t resist checking my stats – so after I hit ‘send’, I’m back in 1924 with Emma.

    Please don’t say “pot” – now I want to change Emma’s name to “Mary Jane”…

  3. Stick with it babe. You’ll make it work. I had an old idea for a story run through my head the other night. It flitted by, clear as day, and then the haze crept in and I got bogged down in details. Think it might be cool, but I don’t have confidence in my ability to do characters. I haven’t lived enough to be able to do that convincingly.

    Les Says: Hairy, I have read your blog. That excuse does not fly with me. If you want to write that story (and I want to read it!), then I really wish you would. Confidence comes AS you write. You know I know this – you’ve been watching me grow and cheering me on. I like to tell people that if they couldn’t write, they wouldn’t want to. I believe that.

    Pssst. It’s not too late to register for NaNoWriMo. Dare ya!

  4. I’m thinking of you and your fingers at this difficult time. Pretend you have to take out the garbage and finish your WriMo by mistake.

    Les Says: Ha! I DID have to take out the garbage… missed it. Not because of the novel, though. I’m going to have to spend every second not at the J.O.B. this week to get caught up… well, except for about 15 minutes on garbage day. Sigh…*

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