Time Manipulation

On her blog, Unexpected Paths, Phyllis A. Duncan has a great post about whether to participate in NaNoWriMo or not this year.

Like her, I’ve participated for many years and love the experience.  New ideas get fleshed out into viable first drafts. The thirty days of pushing myself, gives me a sense of renewal that carries me through the year. Whether I meet the 50K words or not, the purpose is to make writing a part of my daily habit.

I’m not always successful in writing everyday, life has a tendency to get in the way.  Last night? I spent the night hunting a mouse (seriously), making me wish I had a time turner so I could be in two places at once.

My challenge is to prioritize, making the best use of my time.  Saying ‘no’ as needed. If I can’t figure out how to better manage my time, I’m finding a physicist who can manipulate time without destroying the universe.



  • Let me know when you find the physicist. I’ll need that time manipulation as well. I have the hardest time with discipline when it comes to time management.

    I’ve only participated in NANO once, and that was last year. I did complete the 50k and even though I totally ended up tossing out what I’d written and starting over, it was an amazing experience. I am looking forward to doing it again this year.

    • We’ll have to convene a Time conference. That way we won’t burn the poor person out with all our requests. 🙂

      I started NaNo in 2004 and have completed the 50k 6 our of the 8 years. Like you, a lot of it was for the exercise only. Now, if I can automate Thanksgiving, everything would be golden for the month of November.

      • A Time Conference sounds like a great idea! I’m in!

  • Oh me too please – although after watching ‘Click’ I’m trying not to wish my real life away either… I did NaNo 2 years ago and found it amazing – although had a traumatic experience when my word count and NaNo’s were completely different. (Turns out I didn’t realise Word was counting the Title in the footer…). Had to sit down and write for over an hour to make the finish line. Sadly I can’t do it this year because of other committments – but will cheer from the sideline!

    • My goal is to write every day during NaNo, keeping the spirit. 🙂

      • Oh good idea – now that one I can do!

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