Last year I failed NaNoWriMo. Part of this was because I had a submission deadline for something else I wanted to work on (I made the deadline but was rejected,) but mainly it was that I didn’t do enough preparation. Too many other things encroached on my writing time, things that I could have taken care of ahead of time.
This year, I’m trying to do as much ahead of time as I possibly can. I’d like to even do an outline, but I’m running out of time. There are a couple of shorts I’d like to finish and get sent off soon; they both have deadlines in November. If I don’t get them done before NaNoWriMo, I won’t get them done at all. Then there are things like my daughter’s birthday party that must be planned…
I did get my writing nook set up. I have a place in what we call the workroom, which serves as a sewing room, guest room, laundry sorting area, and once again my writing nook. I’ve moved my laptop (which is on its last legs, but still my best writing machine) up here and left my notebook computer down in the living room. I’m happy to finally have a place to put my “extra” writing stuff like my moon globe, another globe I crafted as an imaginary planet and had the Phase II cast & crew sign, a stuffed X-Wing fighter, and hopefully soon many of my other mementos such as books by writer friends will fill the shelves.
Just because I’ve created a writing nook away from family activity doesn’t mean the family won’t follow me… the workroom for a while had a couple of computers my daughters used to play Webkinz and Minecraft, but we’ve rearranged their playroom to reflect the fact that they’re now doing more computer stuff and fewer tea parties. Although there’s nothing in particular for them here other than a television (which, honestly, bores them both) they gravitate to me even when they know they’re supposed to ask Daddy the million questions they want to ask.