November 1st, 2013

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Day 1 - NaNoWriMo

I had my Friday appointment cancel on me today so instead of driving around the M25 (the motorway (freeway) around London which is a lovely road to drive when it works, and when it doesn't it fails in style), I have written the first 1% of the novel and I am now writing this.

James Patterson's Pep talk on the NaNo site made me realise that I have it easier than most when it comes to writing in November. We all have things that stop us, but I think I have less than most. It was the part where it says not to do it alone and points about asking Partners/friends to prod you with sharp sticks. I fall into the 'no friends' category as I am not a person who looks for company. As a result of living on my own, I could write first thing in the morning. The only thing I have to move around is work. There will be days that I will be driving for 4 hours, on top of an 8 hour day at a customer site, and I will still write that day. I will also watch an episode or two of a TV show too, so I do not feel like I am sacrificing too much.

It is a good mindset to be in I think, as rather than thinking of all the obstacles that stop me from writing, I am thinking 'why do I have it easier than other people?'. Find these reasons why I have time to write, will allow me not to use the parts of life as excuses on not to write. PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) and all that jazz.