Hitting the Wall

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Here it is.  9 days left in my marathon that is the NaNoWriMo challenge to write a 50,000 word novel.  The way things look right now, I think I’ve hit the wall.  It’s funny how hitting the proverbial wall makes me want to hit a real wall.  9 DAYS! That seems like zero time at all right now.  I feel like it’s going to be more like 9 hours instead. This is the first time since I started where I’m not entirely sure I’m going to be able to finish on time.

Even though I’m technically ahead of schedule at the moment, I know it’s not going to stay that way for much longer.  In these nine days, which is more like 8 days because it’s almost midnight in Korea, I have an overnight Kindergarten graduation field trip (which I hope will be fun, although losing a Friday night isn’t),  Thanksgiving Saturday, Parent Teacher Meetings, and only one proper weekend day left over. Everything that’s filling my calendar isn’t that bad, but the real twisted ankle in this month-long race to the finish line is that my plot is stuck.

This last weekend I wrote 10,000 words in 3 days which was really awesome and got me really pumped, I was even hoping that I could finish a few days early.  Then, these past 3 days, I’ve written about 2,000 words total. When I sit down to write, I just don’t know where my story is going next, and I will admit it’s got me down.  I am currently making a list of 20 possible plot points that will hopefully inspire this last leg of the this race.

Right now I am currently at 37,500 words, but it feels more like 150.  Any and all tips and/or inspiration would be really appreciated.


I’ve gotten into some good writing habits and I hate to have it all break down so close to the end.  I’ve also learned that while writing in coffee shops, or even last Sunday in the park, I tend to get bored or distracted and end up taking pictures of myself.  Thanks Photobooth!

Anyway I hope everyone else is feeling more motivated with their creative projects at the moment.  I also want to wish everyone a great Thanksgiving back at home, I really do wish I could be at home, even just for the day.


From Busan with Love,



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