Okay, I will admit it. I did set myself a huge task for the NaNoWriMo challenge this year. I have never written two books at the same time, because I prefer to focus on one set of characters at a time. But the whole point of the NaNo challenge, is the word challenge, in my opinion and I had already written seven books since my first fiction book that I completed at last years challenge. I am the first to admit that book, The Reluctant Wolf, changed my life for the better and I have never been happier than when I am immersed in my Cloverleah Pack world.
But some months ago I wrote a free read for the Love’s Landscapes project run by Goodreads MMRomance group. Like always I got immersed in my characters to the point where I forced myself to stop at just over 21K words. That story needs finishing and I wanted to write Book 5 of the Cloverleah Pack series as well. So I am doing both. And I’m not doing too badly. Get off my Case is now at 36K and Getting Close to the Omega is sitting at just over 20K. I am averaging between 5,000 and 6,000 words a day between the two projects and so far, haven’t mucked up the characters or the storylines.
It is hard going though. I’m on Day seven and I know I’ve still got twenty two days to go. I will come out of it with two finished books, which will be amazing, but I am getting tired. It is really hard to be creative when your body feels like all it wants to do is sleep. I am lucky in that writing is my full time job. I have a husband and son who take care of the meals, a daughter that I pay to do my housecleaning and all I have to focus on is my stories and how I can get my MCs to fall in love. But I’m worried that my tiredness will come through in the energy of my book and I don’t want that to happen.
What do you do when you are getting too tired to write? How do you refresh your creative urges? I would love to hear your ideas.