Brain Fog and NaNoWriMo 2017

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.

Just kidding!

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.

Do you have an emergency water supply?

Being happy when you feel sad or mad.


Ok, that’s it for now. I’d love to hear from you. What are you doing this NaNoWriMo?

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10 Responses to Brain Fog and NaNoWriMo 2017

  1. Barbara says:

    I do not miss gluten. I do not miss brain fog, migraines, IBS, and a host of other things. I’m always available for advice. I too, am a writer. Bless you on your journey! I write mo, every day!

  2. Steve D says:

    Glad to see you’re entering the NaNo fray again. Good luck!

  3. I too am no sugar, and gluten reduced, at least, and going to do nanorimo (for the first time). Good luck to you on both!

    • Nichole McGhie says:

      Good luck! The first time was fun because I had no idea what to expect. Thanks for reading and commenting too! I love your blog.

  4. jrose88 says:

    I have a friend who’s considering just doing a journal for NaNoWriMo. There’s no rule that says the novel you write can’t be autobiographical ramblings!

    Also, I feel you on the gluten. I’m still unclear about what I have because I’m in Northern California and I’m starting to genuinely suspect that my doctors office has burned down, but I definitely feel more focused when’s I stick to a gluten free diet.

    • Nichole McGhie says:

      Oh no! That’s not good. I’m just below you and have been getting all the smoke from the fires. I have a couple friends up there helping out on fire crews.

  5. Congratulations on your past wins. By the way, NaNo has changed the rules. You can now work on previous novels and take part in many other types of projects.

    I may have something similar (adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism), though it presents more as weight gain and lack of energy. I have avoided bread and gluten naturally for years, and I use unpasteurized honey instead of sugar. Somehow, even though honey is sweet, it makes a big difference. When out of honey, I use coconut sugar. I use these in coffee (about the only place I need sweetening anyway).

    I eat a lot of yogurt during NaNo. If you really want to cut the sugar, get plain and put in a touch of honey. I generally crave proteins these days, not sweets and carbs, so I also eat eggs during NaNo. They are easy to scramble or poach, or you can precook them as hard-boiled and can grab them on the fly. As for tasty snacks, there are versions of toasted chick peas, nuts (toasted and raw), seeds (sunflower, pumpkin), etc. They are good for the brain. If you like Indian food, my favourites are palak paneer and chana masala. Tons of flavour, protein, fibre, and nutrition. I eat these without naan, of course. And if you really need chocolate, get a good quality protein bar. Many are carb/sugar-reduced.

    Good luck in NaNo, if you do it. I’ll be signing up but won’t be doing a novel this year (even a revision). I might do some other quirky project, just to be a part of it.

    • Nichole McGhie says:

      Thanks for the suggestions! I had weight gain and lack of energy too along with the brain fog. Ugg. All of it is no fun. Eating a lot of eggs is a must for me. Good thing I have my own chickens!

      I’ll have to looking into those rule changes. I hadn’t heard any of that so thanks for the heads up!

      Good luck to you too.

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