Well this was almost a no writing day! Glad I got something down though!
30 Day NaNoWriMo Challenge
Day 6 – What is your one biggest stressor related to forcing yourself to write at least 50,000 words in a span of 30 days?
This is a hard question for me to answer. I have a lot of things that are causing stress in my life – but most of them are good things!
I am studying my second to last module for my BA in English Literature with the Open University at the moment. It’s Advanced Creative Writing and I really need to get a good grade in it if I still want to be able to achieve a First overall for my degree. I’m currently waiting on the results for my first assignment so every day I wake up hoping I’ll know one way or the other (If I get less than 80 for this assignment, I can no longer get a first).
Then I have my part-time job where we’re really short-staffed at the moment and the staff that we do have are grumpy and unco-operative with me at best. I’m supposed to organise the checkouts to make sure there are minimum queues and when I shout on people they take ages to show up. Add to that that I only work a four hour shift and still need to do all this as well: keep the coffee machine tidy, keep the trolleys tidy, date check a bay in one of my two lanes, keep the reduced section tidy and date checked, make sure all the bread is there for the customer orders, and more!
As well as those, I’m currently revising another of my novels as I get advice and some critique from a literary agent who’s helping me to make the novel better. I want to make sure it’s as good as I can get it before I send it to him because I’m terrified he’s going to hate it and laugh at me (probably irrational, but that’s how my brain works).
Add to all of those things the fact that I am still job hunting so I can move in with my boyfriend in a different city and you’ve got a big stress ball waiting to explode.
One thing I will say is that my anxiety was stress-related when it was at its peak. I’ve been off my medication since March for it (when things started going downhill for me) and I haven’t had even a blip. So small miracles and all that!
Day 6 Stats
Today was a lot busier than I had expected and I ended up not being able to write until around 8pm-ish so I was really worried I wasn’t going to get anything down. Luckily, I managed to hit the daily target of 1667 (and a bit more) so I don’t feel like today was a bad day at all.
I’m in the home stretch for book one now, I think. I reckon another 10,000 words and it’ll be over!
First line I wrote today:
‘Look at this,’ Naya said, holding out a sheet of paper.
Last line I wrote today:
Time to make it reality.