So, this is going to be a little bit of a rant. I apologize in advance. As I mentioned earlier, this is only my second year doing NaNoWriMo, and one of the things I was reminded of last year is how human nature works. When everyone is struggling, or only slightly ahead, people are really encouraging and supportive and love to cheer each other on. But when someone is really ahead, people tend to react by either accusing them of cheating, or of lying, or of not having a life to speak of. Right now, I’m well ahead of schedule, but, as you’ll see, I’m still behind schedule for where I want to be. Still, there’s a presumption that I must not have anything to do because I’ve been able to get so many words in.
Well, that’s extraordinarily presumptuous, it’s not fair, and it’s flat-out not true. Today I woke up at 5 AM to do my yoga and meditation, woke my honey up to put him back in the bed (he passed out, I blame the Cubs), dictated for a few hours, looked up educational requirements for one of my cases, had a settlement conference with opposing attorney, drafted paperwork for other clients, calmed my best friend down, not once but twice, then went to pick up my goddaughter from school, get her fed, and get her to choir rehearsal within one hour, go with honey to the dealership to look for a new car, come home and spend almost half an hour on the phone with friends, write this blog post, and get 7500 words un. I don’t think that’s not a life. I get it—some people have way more on their plates. I don’t have children, I don’t have a standard 9-5 that I have to be at all day long. But I do have things going on, and I wish that people weren’t so automatically dismissive of them just because I get a high word count. And, before we discuss how crappy my crap must be, and how much crappier my crap must be than anyone else’s crap, it’s a first draft. My critique partner won’t even see this draft. I know it’s crap. I’m okay with it, just like everyone else writing crappy first drafts should be.
So, that’s my rant for today. Don’t assume things about other people’s lives when you really just don’t know. And don’t feel that you have to bring somebody down to make yourself feel better. Worry about yourself, worry about your own words, and everyone can be happy and supportive of one another.
NaNoWriMo Day Three: 7,663 words
NaNoWriMo 2016: Total 23,502
To reach 300,000, I should be at 30.000 words. To reach 500,000, I should be at 50,001. I should have already hit the 50k mark! I’m in for some LONG weekends!!!