**************Some youthful writers participating in National Novel Writing Month jump out of bed and start writing at exactly midnight, the official start time. On second thought, I bet most probably don't even go to bed until after they've written for an hour, or two, or three.
I slept through the initial "go ahead and write" moment and stayed under the covers until after 8:00 am. I felt sluggish and not very excited about writing. When I finally did get up, I peeked in at my laptop. I procrastinated by making toast and pouring myself grapefruit juice and a tall glass of water. I lit a candle next to my laptop and ate my breakfast in the room where I'll be composing my bestseller.
I delayed a bit longer by taking time to make my bed and tidy up around the rest of the house. I jotted a couple of items on the grocery list and then realized it was time to sit my fanny down and write something, anything at this point.
'Twas 9:00 when I brought my hands to my laptop keyboard; I savored the warmth rising to greet my fingertips. I took a deep breath, cleared my mind and then let creative thoughts take control.
I didn't feel as carefree as I thought and hoped to be and my fingers did a good share of pausing and waiting during my first writing session. I suspect that's because my brain was uncooperative at delivering thoughts in word form to my fingertips. Between 9:00 and 10:25, I reached a word count of 1,147. I decided that was enough for the time being.
I felt like doing something else so I wandered to the basement and threw a load of clothes in the washer. I figured that I've got all day to write another 500 words and I'll have my daily quota fulfilled. It'd be nice to go over my quota and have a cushion to lean on during the upcoming week, but if not I'll be okay.
I find it amazing that here I am, writing a post for my blog, when I should be adding words to my "novel." Perhaps writing for my blog is more my speed than writing a novel. Well, that's what I hope to find out today and during the next 29 days.
So that's the situation on this chilly first day of November. Enjoy your day, and remember to breathe, that's most essential no matter what you do. (Wait a minute...where'd that come from?)
If you want to follow my progress, I'll keep my current word count total above my bright red and gold NaNoWriMo badge over there on the left side of my blog.