This weekend was another of those hectic ones. We had several appointments on both days. Some of those happened with me being in a different place than where my kids needed to be. As I am the organizer in this house, I had to make sure that I got everyone sorted into the right places with the right accessories (snack, money, water, phone numbers, you name it) before I could concentrate on anything else. It was the basic putting the horse before the cart thing. And as you know, if you have ever supervised kids, they usually go on merrily playing Ben Hur with all the carts they can find, while the horses still stand stoically in the stables.
So yesterday afternoon, after we had all our appointments taken care of, it was time for me to sit down and write. And. The. Words. Would. Just. Not. Come. I was still in organizing mode. I had a lot of other things to do in the house. Because when you buy your kid new clothes, you also need to wash them right away, because kiddo wants to wear them. And also we better get the rooms cleaned up before the next week starts and homework needs to be done. I was also scatterbrained while on the computer. I went on twitter and tumblr, the nano site and youtube. I did everything but write. The few times that I actually went into my document I yielded abysmal word counts. I wrote and checked. I was a measly 200 words further. I usually write around 400 to 500 words at least in one bout. Yesterday it went so slow that I felt like wading through a bog, being pulled back at every point. It wasn’t pretty. Not by a long shot. I could have just said that this was not my day and stopped. If this weren’t NaNoWriMo time, I might have done that. But alas, it is and I do have a stubborn streak. So I went from word to word, from scene to scene and description to description until I finally hit some good dialog.
(I have the good fortune that I know my characters very well, so I knew what their reactions would be if I raised the stakes and made them face some pretty widespread destruction.) I did make the required word count. It took at least three times as long as usual and it was hard work, but by golly, I did it.
Today I am at the point where I am proud of slogging through yesterday and also where I have a good starting point to really get the story moving forward. I do hope that with these things in place the words will come easier this time around.