It is evening as I write this, as opposed to morning or afternoon, when I usually write my blog posts. The sky outside is heavy with dark-bellied clouds. That glass-and-a-half of wine I had with my supper is making my head feel light and carefree, while wanting to shove a smile onto my face. My husband is away at drill, so not only do I have the leftover Halloween cookies all to myself, but the house is also blissfully silent.
And, save for this blog post, I haven’t written a damn thing yet today.
Today has been one of those insane days no one anticipates having. It begins nice enough, but by mid-morning, worries and a list of tasks crowd out every thought that doesn’t have to do with maintaining a house and a living. When I went to bed last night, it was with only two thoughts: work, then NanoWriMo. As a wise Jew once said, “Man plans, God laughs.” I’m surprised I didn’t hear any chuckling as I drifted off into sleep.
Does that make my first day of NanoWriMo a failure? No, not really. The day isn’t over yet. I still have roughly five and a half hours to meet today’s word goal. But it also illustrates one of the purposes for Nano (and giving me something to blog about!).
Nano isn’t just about writing the novel of your dreams. And, to be blunt, less than 1% of polished novels whose beginnings stem from Nano actually make it to the bookshelf of your nearest B&N. Nano is also about having a goal and striving to meet it, no matter what happens during the day. No matter what the weather or your mood may be, no matter what time of the day you do it, you still glue your hindquarters to the chair and pound out 1,666 words. The goal is just that important.
Normally, I’d beat myself up over such an apparent failure as today,putting off my daily goal until so late and not being the perfect author. But one thing I’ve learned over the past few months is to keep things in perspective. Perspective is one of the things that keeps a goal alive. This is my perspective, one that I’m sure I will remind myself, in various revisions, at various points in the coming month:
The day is not over.
I have plenty of tea, coffee, and sugary Halloween cookies.
I can make the goal today.