Feeling Guilty About Being Sick

You know you’re hooked on something when even a debilitating sickness brings you guilt. The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has been so productive and fun that I look forward to it every night after work. I’ve learned that my typical pace, prior to NaNoWriMo was about 800 words. This is when my body felt tired and wanted to quit.

That won’t cut it for 50,000 words in a month. Therefore the first couple of weeks I fell behind. Since then, I’ve discovered that I can easily power out 2000 to 2400 words each nightly session. That is until the nasty stomach flu took hold of me. It was Monday night and I can still recall the conversation I had in my head. “I’ll just write 800 words. Maybe 400 words. I should lie down before I fall down.”

I missed a day. And I regret it even now. I’ve made up the difference in word count. It was the lost experience that irks me. The fact that a virus robbed me of another night of writing.

Tim Kane

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4 comments on “Feeling Guilty About Being Sick

  1. jessmittens says:

    So far I’ve had two separate 2-day migraine extravaganza’s that meant looking at a computer screen made me want to hurl.
    Don’t feel too bad, sounds like you’ve been doing a lot better than me! 😀

  2. Fel Wetzig says:

    I almost didn’t do NaNoWriMo this year because of health issues (2 surgeries this month), but I couldn’t stand the thought of not doing it so I’m plugging along. I get bitter about it, but there’s nothing that can be done. Write on! I hope the rest of your month is successful.

    • Tim Kane says:

      The way I look at it is this. Are you writing to make the 50,000 word deadline, or are you writing to get as much of a novel done as possible. If its the latter, then not meeting the deadline is fine. You still have the writing.

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