Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NaNoWriMo Day Eighteen (evening)

I was home all day today, but didn't post anything until tonight. I was home with my younger son today, also sick with that flu bug that is knocking everyone out lately. I had three students out the other day, and more than that last week.

Since he napped off and on all day, I got a lot of writing done.

Feel good that I got a lot of writing done today. Feel bad that both of my boys have gotten sick this season. Feel guilty that I enjoyed writing today. As hard as it was yesterday to make those 1,667 words, today was easy. The words just flowed; it was nearly effortless.

I don't feel guilty because I wasn't taking care of my son. I tended to him plenty today, but when he was napping, there wasn't anything for me to do for him. So, I wrote. It's a parent thing, I guess. You feel awful when your children are sick and there's really not a whole lot you can do to make them feel better.

Also finished reading Stephen King's On Writing this evening.

Today's word count: 2,194, which makes it only my fifth best day so far this month. (That helps alleviate the guilt a little bit.)
Total word count: 35,876, which puts me at 71%.

"There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes." - William Makepeace Thackeray


  1. I don't think that you should worry too much about seeking solace from worrying about your boys. There's nothing else you can do, so you might as well be productive, right? :)

    Hope they feel better soon!

  2. Thanks - they are feeling better. I really tried not to feel guilty, but it crept in there anyway. It's like your internal editor, the one you have to banish during NaNo. And I was productive, about which I feel quite good. It all balances out in the end, and you're right, there wasn't really anything else I could do, so there really wasn't anything to hang that guilt on. I didn't feel at all guilty the next day.