And we're back to the installments of my old NaNo Pitfall Posts. Today is #4 - also known as 'Why bother finishing when I'm already behind?'...
Welcome to November 15th, aka The Halfway Point. At this point in your
NaNo experience, you should be somewhere around 25,000 words - or at
least near there by midnight tonight. As you can see from the progress
meter, I'm behind (by about 8K when I wrote this post). This leads us
to NaNo Pitfall #4 - I'm so far behind now, why bother? (Sorry the two
proposed topics got shunted aside, but I thought today was the best day
Okay, so I'm 8K behind. Why? Well, some of it was life stuff - like
the out of town trip I took Thursday and the right-cross Amazon dealt me
that I have to deal with by Monday. Some of it was squirmy stuff that
will be addressed in a later Pitfall post. Of course, the reasons
and/or the excuses don't really matter. Whatever they are, they've
occurred and now I'm behind.
At this point, I could sit back and figure this year's NaNo is a wash.
When am I going to make up 8 THOUSAND words? PLUS do the 1667 every day
I'm supposed to do to reach the goal of 50K, mind you.
That's where the pitfall lays. Like the dude in the picture up there*, I
have to find a way to swing across the gap. (And he didn't even dig
his own hole like I did.) I could stand on this side, shaking my head
at the depth of the hole, or I can find a way to get past the expanse.
2200 words a day will get me to my goal. That's a load. Or, I could
bust out extra words on the weekends.
The point here is: Stopping isn't an option.
Sure, this is only a self-imposed deadline, but if I ever do get a book
contract with actual deadlines, I'm sure as hell not going to be able to
tell my publisher "Sorry, I had some things come up. Maybe I'll hit
that number next time." I guessing there's a quick way to say buh-bye
to your career.
So, there is nothing to do but forge ahead. If I have to miss some
sleep, or sit in this chair until my ass falls off, or type all day on
Thanksgiving, I will do it.
And if I don't I will still count it as a win because I will have tried my damnest.
Whether you're doing NaNo or not, how are your word counts looking this
month? Has anything come up that's put you behind in whatever you're
trying to accomplish? Regardless of the answer...
*picture deleted because I didn't have the right to post it. It was from the old Pitfall video game and showed the character swinging on a vine across a chasm.