Will brain fog stop me from participating in NaNoWriMo this year? I hope not!
Looking through last October’s posts, it was very clear that I was totally into this whole NaNoWriMo thing. By this point last year, I had a clear idea what I was going to write and I was constructing my outline.
This year? I just don’t have it together.
Don’t get me wrong, my desire to participate (and win) NaNoWriMo for the third time in a row is there. I desperately want to participate. But I’ve got nothing.
The first year I participated, I spent a whole two hours, maybe less, in preparation. I had a basic outline and just hoped for the best. I did it . . . but it was a struggle.
Last year was a breeze. Am I allowed to say that? It really was. I had a few hiccups along the way, but I finished and I finished early. Again, am I allowed to say that?
So what’s the problem this year? This darn brain fog!
I’ve recently explained my health issues with Adrenal Fatigue and hypothyroidism. Things have gotten much better in that department but I’ve now come to the conclusion that if I consistently want a clear mind to be able to think and write, there are two things I just can’t eat. Wheat and sugar. I’ve had too much of those things the last few days and I am feeling the effects! I’m tired. Grouchy. Headaches. Slow to think. Uggggggggggg . . . . . .
So if I want to practice in National Novel Writing Month, I also have to participate in No Sugar November. Great . . . Isn’t caffeinated beverages and copious amounts of candy our thing in November? After all, that’s why there’s Halloween. Halloween was invented for all us “Starving Artists” (writers) to stock up on necessary supplies to make it through NaNoWriMo.
So is there anything I can do to remedy this situation?
I don’t know. It may just be that I don’t participate this year. However, part of me feel like I need this. I need this as a way to kick start me, to get me back into my writing groove.
Brain fog is difficult to get over though. It’s possible . . . just takes time.
So right now I’m thinking I need to go back to a strict no gluten, no sugar diet (Natural sugars are ok.)
I also think I just need to kick myself in the butt and get things in gear. I only need to write a little less than 2000 words a day for 26 days in November (Sundays excluded). If I stick with it, then I’ll have a 50,000 word novel by the end. It doesn’t have to be a perfect work of art. It just needs to be words strung together in a semi cohesive story. Right? Right. I can do this!
P.S. As you know, I have another blog called Mountain Girl Speaks. I have a few recent posts you might be interested in.
Ok, that’s it for now. I’d love to hear from you. What are you doing this NaNoWriMo?