I am one week into the NaNoWriMo challenge. After the success of the first day (in which I eventually wrote 13,000 words (an all time record for me)) my writing has been sporadic. On Wednesday I only managed 333 words. But all in all I have written just over 28,000 words.
It is mostly rubbish, I admit that. But it is in the form of a story and there is a kind of plot to it.
I often complain that everything conspires to keep me away from writing. For various reasons (relating to sanity) I have to resist the idea of any genuine conspiracy. But at the moment it is as if the Universe is playing with me.
For example, I’ve been at work all week but not had the chance to write there at all, even on breaks (I write on my mobile when I’m out and about). When I finally got a likely looking break I decided to go to a secluded bench on the uni campus.
I love the fact that it is a quiet area and I can watch squirrels while I have lunch there. This was the first time I had tried to do NaNoWriMo stuff at work and it was also the first time that the uni grounds-staff suddenly decided to drive a vehicle onto the grass in front of me, get out and sweep together the fallen leaves.
It was impossible to write – the grounds staff were all around me and it was clear that I was in their way. So I gave up and tried to find another secluded bench, except all of the other benches had activity around them too.
And I can’t count the number of times this week I’ve been on the train, decided to start writing only to have a ticket inspector (who is no-where to be seen when a train is rowdy) suddenly ask for my ticket and interrupt the writing.
It is in these ways that I feel the Universe tests me. What seems to be a strange coincidence still seems to take place more often than not. These little ironies which life throws vary in their intensity and I’ve seen others deal with them (and I’ve even seen others get overwhelmed by them).
But I have managed to write a little despite the Universe’s strange agenda.
So I reach the end of day 7 with a story which is mostly rubbish but is still a first draft. I am still in the challenge and as long as I can tolerate a fickle, biased Universe I still stand a good chance of reaching the end successfully.
But part of me can’t help feeling that the Universe is planning some further tests…