I am balancing NaNoWriMo with grad school, and it’s proving to be tough. My studies are priority, so my word count suffered this week. As I try to find balance, I am playing catch-up, but in the meantime, I’m trying to be confident in both my writing and my schoolwork.
This past week, I didn’t do much writing. I spent most of my afternoons in the library studying; and the one day I wasn’t studying, I met one of my favorite authors, Marissa Meyer. However, here are the things I did do:
- Followed the #NaNoWriMo hashtag on Twitter even on days I didn’t write
- Attended Saturday night’s Write-In and wrote 2,020 words
- Skipped around my novel to write the scenes sticking out in my head
- Used Twitter to log my progress
But the world was hit with something bigger than the second week of NaNoWriMo, with the tragedies that happened in Lebanon, Mexico, Japan, and Paris on November 13th. In regards to Paris, I read about something that truly touched my heart.
In the midst of the terror attacks in Paris, there was a NaNoWriMo Write-In. People were there. The writers could hear the chaos of the sirens in their area. Due to the nature of the night’s events, they were on lockdown. And they kept writing.
— french_wrimos (@french_wrimos) November 13, 2015
From the France NaNoWriMo forum:
The wrimos from the write-in in Paris are safe. I am very proud of the calm and the humor they had during this difficult time.
Thank you to the wrimos from all over the world for your support !
We are safe and we will keep it calm, kind and use our words and our pen before the terror.”
It just goes to show how NaNoWriMo and the act of writing can bring safety to people amidst terror. This event is so inspiring, and I am in awe knowing that NaNoWriMo helped Parisians get through the tragic acts of terrorism. The Parisian spirit represents artistry and revolution amidst the cruelty of the world, and the act of writing was a brave act in and of itself. My heart goes out to those who were affected by the attacks of Paris.
As always, I wish this counted toward the word count total. Follow this link to see last year’s post on Week 2 of NaNoWriMo.