I haven’t been reading much lately. It’s been busy at work, and I’ve allowed the computer to take over my free time, and then there’s this National Novel Writing Month thing, which I have been neglecting. Neglecting, but still allowing it to take over a lot of my brain space and nervous energy. Seriously, it would be simpler and quicker if I’d stop worrying and just sit down and get a word count in, but for some reason, I think I’m too tired for it. And instead of going to bed like a reasonable adult, I watch just one little short YouTube, and wind up turning the light off far later than I’d planned. It’s a vicious cycle.
A simple piece of advice: don’t search Tim Minchin on YouTube this month, if you want to stick to “just one little short one.” Just don’t. He’s long, and funny, and filthy and you’ll either be flipping through his whole catalogue, or you’ll be too angry to sleep.
I think one of the reasons week two is traditionally the toughest week of NaNo is the same reason I hate Tuesday. You know, the first part was fun. Getting to know the characters, adding new writing buddies, being freshly passionate and promising to write the hell out of this month . . . . . Now that I think about it, February has the same problem. After the resolutions and the mad dash of the first week of January, we’re just blah and tired and not quite sure if it was all a good idea or not.
Well, Chris Baty tells us in his book, No Plot? No Problem that week three will be better, if you put in the angst of week two. And my personal experience during past NaNos says it’s true. It’s just like Wednesday is hump day, and March is a harbinger – the end is in sight. Friday or the spring will be here soon, bringing new joys.
So, if you’ve had a lousy second week, well, be reassured that it is normal. You can spend today cleaning things up in your novel a little bit – write up a summary of who you’ve written so far, and the places they’ve visited. It’s part of the word count of a first draft, after all, and can come in very useful later. Also, you may have forgotten a character or a place in the rush of writing, and just taking a day to evaluate things can trigger a new idea to help you steam through the rest of the month.
And, get to bed early! Tomorrow, November 15, is hump day. The 30th is coming soon!