I hope she won’t mind me slightly stealing her style for the title of this post, but that’s what happens when you reach e-fame.
Aimee was awarded Tots100 Good reads and the Netmums blog of the week for her honest post about what annoys her (and most of the rest of us) about life when we’re living on limited sleep.
Why is this relevant?
Because we’re halfway through NaNoWriMo. The sleep deprivation is catching up with us and things are pissing us off. The characters are living and breathing. They’re haunting us. Our inner editor wants to read what we’ve written so far under the guise of celebration of the halfway point. Your partner/cat/dog is getting fed up of being ignored.
Tell the characters you need your rest or you’ll kill them off in the next chapter. That should keep them quiet. Unless they’re ragey. If they have rage, they’re likely to scream at you until morning.
Your inner editor is wrong. Do not read those words. You are halfway. You have done half the work. Now is not the time to get wrapped up in the bits you wrote at three am with your eyes shut.
There are two weeks left. Make sure your partner/cat/dog is fed and watered and has the option to sit next to you while you frantically up the word count and get those fingers tapping at those keys. Just two more weeks.
We are at the pinnacle. There’s only another 15 days of madness to go and only another 25k words.
Keel pumping the caffeine in, keep being annoyed, keep scribbling in the wee hours because we’re nearly there.