Doubling up for NaNoWriMo

Sometimes, you just have to pull double duty.

Among my various supplemental careers is teacher. Specifically, I teach youth theater. My local community theater offers camps on days elementary school kids are out of class but would normally be there — Spring Break, parent-teacher conferences, etc. With the local school district letting the kids out for Thursday and Friday, I got the opportunity to work drama with first- through fifth-graders.

But that messes with my actual work schedule, which, right now, involves penning at least a chapter a day for Roses Are White as part of NaNoWriMo.

Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be a big deal. I’d just find some time to write at night — like a lot NaNoWriMo participants.

But there was another catch. My stepson was performing as Bilbo Baggins in his middle school’s production of The Hobbit.

There goes my writing time.

So that meant there was only one option — double up my production on Wednesday. In the morning, I wrote 2448 words for Chapter 15. Then, after the kids went to bed that night, I stayed up late and knocked out another 2488 words to get Chapter 16 down.

Yeah, I wrote almost 5000 words Wednesday. I haven’t done that for a very long time. I went to bed really tired.

But what else was I going to do? There was no way I was going to find time to get my writing done Thursday. The only way to stay on pace was to sneak in an extra writing session the night before.

I’m not sure what’s going to happen Friday. I teach again all day, and The Boy has another performance that night. However, I don’t have to get up early Saturday, so, in theory, I could put a session in after the show. If that doesn’t happen, I’ll have to steal the time on Saturday. Possibly while he’s hosting his birthday party.

But, if nothing else, putting in that extra session Wednesday convinces me I’m committed to NaNoWriMo. I want to get it done. That fills me with a certain confidence. That excites me.

I hope your NaNoWriMo project is filling you with the same passion. Keeping finding those times to write. That’s how you make it to the end.

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