After taking Friday off from NaNo, recharging the brain, making cake, and reading, I figured I would be raring to go on Saturday.
After walking the boys in the morning, I had an hour or so before lunch and couldn't resist reading the first chapter in a book I'd set aside for next month, after NaNo. Just a quick read, make lunch, get back to writing. And this is exactly where things went off the rails: I couldn't stop reading. The story was too good, the writing was compelling. Lunch over, I looked at the clock: 1:30. Okay, okay, still time to write...just let me finish this last paragraph...
Then time folded in on itself and next I looked up, it was 4:20, the dogs wanted a walk and I was hosed. Resigned, I knew there was no way I could stop reading, I was so close to the end, I might as well just finish the book and be done with it. I would work harder tomorrow to catch up. Yeah, that's what I would do. So I walked the dogs, then poured myself a glass of wine and settled in to read.
Needless to say, major tactical error. Two days, zero word count. I never should have taken Friday off, never opened that book, because not only did I lose my momentum, but the evil twin managed to sneak up the back stairs and subvert my intentions with her insidious voice, whispering, whispering.
And she almost got me. I tossed and turned Saturday night, feeling like a failure, and in the first week of the challenge no less. Two days wasted. WTF?
On Sunday, I kicked the evil twin back to the sub-basement and sat down to write, but it was too hard to focus, I wasn't feeling the story, I reworked every sentence. Frustration set in and by the end of the day, my word count was such crap, I didn't even record the meager number. I went to bed disappointed, discouraged, but I wasn't going to give up. Not yet anyway. I just had to get myself sorted, forget the whispers still wafting like toxic smoke in my head.
Monday was good. I caught up with the plot, wrote enough to boost my word count and now I'm back in the game. I might have lost my advantage of having a good start on the challenge in the first week, but at this point, I'm just glad to be here at all.
Seriously. I need better locks for that basement.