Monday, November 11, 2013

The myth of productive weekends

Lots of my NaNo buddies said last week they'd be catching up on their word counts over the weekend. Makes sense, right? More free time. Stay in pajamas, write all day--and all night! No alarm clocks to interrupt that creativity-restoring slumber from 3:00 to 9:00 am.

(You didn't know? Yep. Beauty sleep before midnight, creative refresh after 3:00. But it only counts if you go to bed at 3:00.)

But, see, I'm a stay-at-home writer. Mon-Fri, when my partner's at work, I write. Sure, I do other stuff--housework, dog entertainment and clean-up, dog rescue. At the moment, though, because we're having some construction work done, I'm a prisoner in my own house. Which sounds depressing... Unless you're doing NaNo. I have no choice but to sit and write. All day. Woot!

Weekends are a different story. Construction workers are away. The dogs are outside. My partner's home. He, unlike me, values his social life. Even without the construction thing, there'd be errands to run. With the construction thing, everything I'd normally do during the week outside the house must get done on Saturday or Sunday.

So. Catch-up weekend didn't work for me. Sure, I'm ahead of the official NaNo par, but I'm 10K below my par of 33,340 (to reach 100K by Nov. 30).

Off to write. Yep.

1 comment :

  1. I've found it's best to enjoy those times when other people have the time to spend with you instead of being distracted by thoughts of your writing. Then when you get back to writing you're refreshed and energized!


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