This is a reflection for me and for those fellow writers who tend
to overdo it. And since the July NaNoWriMo is right around the
corner, it is very important for me to write about this topic so that
I can alert writers to maybe do things differently this time around.
I am the Queen of overdoing it and overworking. And this isn’t
helped by the fact that I write academically and creatively for kids
and teens. I find that my work day continues for eight or more
hours every day, with very few breaks in between. And despite
the fact that I find this hard and exhausting, I seem to not be able
to stop the treadmill of self-destruction.
During the November NaNoWriMo, I was so exhausted most
days that I had to take pain pills and sleeping pills in order to
relax at night sometime. When the whole ordeal ended, and I did
achieve my word goals for each day, I vowed to NEVER work this
hard without a break again.
So, here is my plan for this NaNoWriMo.
1. I will write six days and rest for one day each week.
2. I will NOT beat myself up if I don’t achieve my word count
for a particular week.
3. I will work diligently and not worry about the finish line.
4. I will be kind to myself at all times.
5. I will reward myself often.
6. I will not compare myself with anyone else.
7. I will make sure that I respect myself as a writer, and if I
want to take a day off, even if it means one extra day a week, I will
do it with beating myself up.
8. I will have fun, and enjoy this process.
Once the competition starts, I’ll see how well I fulfill my
Fellow writers, start setting some writing and time boundaries
for yourself too before the competition starts. You will be really
glad once it starts that you did.