I still find myself writing short list type pieces here and there for Lifehack.org. Sometimes I feel like they are a good warm up before I get back to my novel-writing for Nanowrimo, but sometimes I am just not yet ready to go back to novel-writing. There actually is some sort of mental state that I have to push myself into to get somewhere. Usually. But the upside of these light, list-y pieces is that my latest one has actually made it to the fame of syndication! That’s right – my article on Lifehack was picked up and republished on not one, but three other sites/blogs (Profit Maxim, Gaazer, and Lifetitude). Small win, but YAY for me!
The hardest, hardest part of Nanowrimo is by far finding the motivation to keep chugging along after a long day of work and a long evening of child watching. With both kids in bed and it only being 8:15pm, I should be raring to go, but I can barely keep it together. Catching up on serials on my Kindle while laying in bed sounds so much more enticing.
The second hardest part of Nanowrimo, as a working parent, is that you cannot write when the inspiration strikes! I find this extremely frustrating. I will be in a meeting a work discussing a certain topic but I still feel like I’m watching my protagonist as she goes through the plot that I’m devising to be her life. And I cannot stop what I’m doing and write about it. Same thing in the evenings: I’ll be feeding my son or daughter dinner, or bathing them, or we’re doing homework, but I can’t just drop everything to get back to my novel.
Alright, I know. Enough procrastinating – get back to it!
Have Kids, Will Work