Monday, November 1, 2010

When Day One of NaNo Sucks - You are in for a bad month

Dear NaNo Diary:

I set my alarm to get up at 5 a.m. This is the only time of day when it is quiet enough for some serious writing. I got up and moved to the couch. Fell back asleep. Woke back up at 7 a.m. when hubby and daughter woke up.

Word count so far for first day: 0

Me <-------------- Failed first morning!

Hopefully the day will get better and I will find some time to write.

I've noticed all the blog posts with fabulous advice on how to make it through NaNo. I wanted to share some important advice as well.

There are many items that will be put aside during this highly anticipated month of writing abandon such as dishes, laundry, day-job work, eating, Thanksgiving and sleeping. However, below are 2 items you should not neglect:

1. Please continue to shower. Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to not wash your hair in order to shave off precious minutes better used for writing, but it will become distracting when you lift your arms to type and the smell of sweat-stained armpits assaults your senses.

2. Continue to feed your children/animals. While you may forgo the time consuming rituals of breakfast, lunch and dinner, please do not neglect your children and/or pets. Child Protective Services and the Humane Society do not care about NaNo, and even worse, you can’t take your laptop to jail.

Happy Writing!


  1. Hiya

    You won't fail. Keep your chin up and think postive. i struggled as well. You can do this Melinda :)


  2. Thanks for the positive thoughts Angel!!

    Good luck to you too!

  3. At least you tried. You can do it! I am still a big loser and have nada. BUT, Ima keep trying.

  4. True, so true Mel! Besides, that armpit hair may strangle you in your sleep.

    Happy nanoing and I have ultimate faith you'll nail dbl the count tomorrow!

  5. btw Lisa - double zero is still zero *snicker*

  6. Love your two NaNo tips, Melinda. I could never get away with point #2 though - my dog is rather vocal and knows its time to eat. The longer I ignore him the more insistent he gets. ;-)

    Don't worry about your first day - don't we all have first day jitters anyway?

    You're going to rock it, girl!