This year, the clocks fell back on Halloween. Surely, that should mean there’s more time, but candy-filled children seem to have counteracted this phenomenon. Now, I find myself in a fight to find time!
Time is Fleeting!
Parkinson’s law states that work will expand to fill whatever time is available to it. So, if you make more time by turning back the clocks, you are only making more work for yourself! Personally, I’m still waiting for a digital world where time runs at different rates so that I can dive in and write for a week at a time, but only be gone for an hour from the real world. It’s an idea I explored in this post after watching an anime series called Bofuri.
Anyhow, that doesn’t appear to be an imminent technological advancement so I just have to work with what I have. You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this train of thought, but it’s all down to the beginning of NaNoWriMo, which was on the Sunday after the time change. The weekends are never the best time for me to start a project like this as family time takes precedence. I usually have to wait for everyone to go to bed before I start writing.
Well, on this particular night, I too fell asleep and lost a day’s worth of NaNoWriMo productivity. I could put it down to taking the kids for a walk around the neighbourhood to see all the Halloween decorations or the candy-filled pinata that we introduced in light of the pandemic. However, it’s more likely that the first six months of the lockdown where I was only sleeping four hours a night caught up with me.
Anyhow, I’m not going to let that stop me. At the end of the day, this novel needs to be written and while I’m going to do everything I can to finish before November 30, if it takes a little bit longer, so be it. I will win NaNoWriMo though. Just saying.
Last Week’s Achievements
For the last seven days prior to NaNoWriMo, I was focused on getting as much of my future blog posts scheduled as possible. Any time I can buy myself in November is time I can focus on my novel. Across my sites, I have scheduled twenty-nine posts. Basically, anything I could do ahead of time, I have. All that remains are the reviews of the seasonal shows that haven’t aired yet.
So, I lost a day or 1,667 words on November 1, but that is something that can be easily clawed back over the remained twenty-nine days. One of the times that I completed NaNoWriMo before, I wrote exclusively on weekdays, so I know it’s possible.
This kind of goes without saying, but I am going to write this novel. Hopefully, by the time I’m writing the next update, I’ll have a load of words to tell you about. If all goes well, I should be able to give you some more details about how the process of working with Save the Cat is going. I’m excited to see if it does make the story stronger and my gut is saying it will. The extra scenes that it made me realise were missing was enough to justify its use.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a lot of words to write and only so much time available to me.
Thanks for reading.