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Nanowrimo lament – Lizzie Harwood
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Nanowrimo lament

Lizzie Harwood / Pep Talk  / Nanowrimo lament

Nanowrimo lament

She who will not sleep at bedtime




I am still NaNoWriMo‘ing – today is half way day, Day 15 of 30 so by midnight tonight I should technically be at 25,000 words.I’m at 21,263 and I am not sure I can manage 3,737 words in one day.

In fact, I’m pretty sure I can’t.

However, I am trying. Despite the 5-year-old who won’t go to bed until 9:30p.m. when it should be 8p.m. and the 18-month-old who should be on one long nap but is on 2 weird naps, cranky all day and then throwing her lambs out of her cot until 9p.m. It is not “The Silence of the Lambs” here.

I probably should not have them sleep in the same room.

Sometimes, I do separate them, bringing Beatrice into our bed so little Vivie pipes down and stop throwing the lambs. If I do that, it’s where I’m writing and Bea announces she will “help” me write.

“So, Mummy, what are you up to now in your book?”

“It’s a scary part, so go to sleep.”

“Why scary?”

“Someone just killed someone.”

“Was that with a guillotine?”

(I told her about guillotines the other day. Maybe that wasn’t smart.)

“No, it’s pretty hard to find a guillotine these days.”


And then that gets me thinking, maybe my story needs a guillotine? Then I think, don’t let a 5-year-old write your plot for you!!! Then I tell her to go to sleep for the 20 billionth time and keep typing.

Did I mention I have run out of COFFEE here????


But, I will keep trying. I will let go of my pretensions that I am writing decent material here and just get my word count climbing in any shape or form that I can. I just can’t seem to get my characters out of rooms, or through days. In the 21,263 words that I have they woke up on Thursday morning and it’s only SUNDAY at 2a.m. for them. That feels like my life. But I haven’t noticed anybody killing anybody else around here.

Although, a few days without coffee and it might happen.


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