With NaNoWriMo just days away, we could all use a bit more time.
But we have full lives: we have tasks to juggle, schedules to keep, children to ferry around.
There is no more time.
And that’s when you need to see things from a child’s point of view.
I was walking my daughter to school, late (again), when we came across a friendly-looking cat. Of course, my daughter wanted to stroke it, but I rushed her along saying, “Not today, we don’t have time.”
My daughter, being my daughter, didn’t listen, and as I marched on, she stopped and took the time to pet the fluffy feline. Moments later, I heard her running to catch up with me, out of breath, saying , “See. I did have time.”
And the thing is – she was right.
She made time to stroke the cat.
And then she ran to catch up.
We all have choices to make in our day, or tasks we could do faster or smarter. Currently, I’m choosing to spend 40 minutes every night watching The Vampire Diaries box set on our BT package. Now that’s a straight swop, 40 minutes viewing for 40 minutes writing (since I can’t watch and enjoy The Vampire Diaries on fast forward!).
But other things in my day can’t be sacrificed – the family needs to eat, I need to get the decorating done before Christmas, the laundry’s piling up – and this is where I need to do my running.
So, come November, I’m using the timer on my phone, setting a 30 minute alarm, and I’m racing through all those mundane but necessary tasks. If I don’t get the jobs done, I’ll write for an hour, then set the timer, and race my way through it all again.
I think, by the end of November, I’ll be exhausted. But I might have my 50,000 words.
How are you going to make time for NaNoWriMo?