And last week we found out our schools have to close down again. Bars and restaurants and churches get to stay open, but schools where they are actually enforcing mask mandates have to close. Cool story, dudes in charge who will never have to call off work to homeschool their kids...
Everyone laugh with me.
But I'm working on allowing myself a little grace. I've given myself permission to suck this year for NaNoWriMo. I'm giving myself permission to just shake shit loose and work on finding that spark of creativity that I have been trying to keep alive while my real life has been smothering it beneath work, homeschool, and attempting to have more than one clean spoon in the house.
I thought I would share a few things I have been doing to make myself write and toss all judgement about the end product out the window.
1. I am only re-reading enough to figure out where I am. I am not going back through and fiddling with all the shit that was written as I was dozing after a long day of errands and kids. If I think about it at the end of a writing session, I make a note about where I am and what's happening next. So I can just jump right in.
2. I am letting dialog tags be simple and basic. I have been horrible at dialog tags from the beginning. It's a weak spot for me, but I love writing dialog lines. It helps me see the characters when I can hear their voices. So if I don't have a good dialog tag, I'm just plopping down the name of who said what and moving on with my life.
3. I am trying what has worked in the past. For me, what finally let me have a 3k day was sitting in a spot removed from the house (Normally this would have been going to Panera, but...Covid. So I was in my office.) and plugging in my earbuds. I still have a Pandora station. Yes. I'm old. But it is curated with songs that are upbeat and ones I know so well, the words fade for me. The music put me back into a place that my fingers remembered what they were supposed to do. Instead of 1k/1hr, I knocked out 1100 words in 30 minutes.
But I found a glimmer of why I love writing again. And even if I don't get anymore than 20k words this month, it will still be an accomplishment. Because...seriously...it's 2020.
Are you writing for NaNo this year? How are you doing? I'd love to hear about it!