I am half way thru NaBloPoMo and so far I haven’t really had a problem keeping up. The first weekend I wrote about 1500 words. Ok, I thought, I know there will be days when I won’t have time to write- last week in fact was supposed to be one of those. Since other bloggers who’ve done NaBloPoMo before all recommended having a few pre-written entries to cover all eventualities, I started a queue of unpublished posts.
I have not yet had less than 7 entries in my queue. I publish one, I write a couple more.
Last Monday, knowing that I had a week’s worth of posts waiting and it really wasn’t necessary, I didn’t write that day. I just posted a pre-written draft and I all day I wandered around feeling like something was missing.
It has been said that if you do anything for 3 weeks, it becomes a habit. I wouldn’t actually know this because when I’ve tried to make an exercise routine or healthy eating a habit something always intervenes to prevent me from sticking it out for the full 3 weeks.
I can however, obsess about any number of other things to the point where I can’t do without them. It doesn’t take 3 weeks either- 1 week on an internet dating site and I was checking my email 10 times a day. A couple of days of treats in the shop and I have an irresistible craving for chocolate at 10 am everyday.
So on Tuesday, I couldn’t help myself. I came home from rehearsal after 11 pm and in spite of the fact that sleep should have been the most important thing in my universe- I automatically sat down at the computer. I’ll just check emails and such, I thought. It’s almost midnight and then I can hit publish for tomorrow’s post and not have to do it in the morning. But how could I go to my blog and not write anything? Without really realizing it – I wrote 2 more posts.
Ditto on Wednesday.
On Thursday, I edited what I wrote Tuesday and Wednesday because it turns out I can’t spell when I’m half asleep. Before you comment– no I can’t spell at any time, but I can use spell check when I’m awake.
I may have enough of a backlog by Dec 1 to get me all the way thru Christmas.
Oh look, it’s bedtime. Golly! How did it get to be so late? Well before I shut down I’ll just check over a couple of other posts for editing and maybe check my blog stats for the 10th time today and I’ve been meaning to use that cute picture of the cats, and then there’s something I’d really like to write about- I could start that now and if I stay up just a bit longer it will be after midnight and I can post for tomorrow and….
Music: Patsy Cline, Walking Writing after Midnight