I’m 31 weeks pregnant, and I’m also a writer. These seem like completely unrelated facts, but I assure you one affects the other.
I’ve reached the NaNo word goal of 50,000 words, and I’m ahead of my monthly word goal of 90,000 words. This should be good news, right? Well, not really. I’m just over 50,000 words, but I’m only in the middle of the story. My goal, my true goal, is to write a completed first draft, and it’s looking like I’ll need more words than 90K to do so. And for that, I am behind.
I’m sitting in bed trying to catch up on words, and I’m participating in these fun word crawls I found on the NaNo forum. Except I can’t really focus at all because this baby is kicking, jabbing, and prodding me constantly. Sometimes I feel like he’s in a starfish shape because he’s everywhere all at once. And the ribs. Oh, the ribs are so tender right now from being used as punching bags (or those pieces of wood that Karate kids break in half).
It’s difficult to focus on typing words, much less figuring out what the heck to type, when this is happening. (And all of this is without the help of caffeine!)
For now, I’m grinning my way through it because I have some serious catching up to do if I hope to finish.
- Write at least 5,000 words. (Total count: 56,000)
- Plan the rest of the scenes until the end of the book (or get a rough outline written).