Overcoming Hurdles: Nanowrimo Day 9 Update

It was a good start to Nanowrimo..  I was happy with the progress:  ate well, slept fairly well, didn’t lose my cool with anyone.  Even made time to be inspired at the Singapore Writers Festival over the weekend.  I was pretty pleased with myself.

And then it happened: the first hurdle.  Older Daughter succumbed to a tummy bug on Sunday.  It was my turn on Monday.  Fortunately, it was a 24-ish hour bug.  But it still meant a day in bed; no writing done.  I did manage to catch up on a lot of sleep and reading though, so that was a bonus, right?

But the anxiety mounted: can I make up the word count????

I mulled over this quick change of moods as I walked the next morning: is it really worth getting stressed over?  Isn’t this just Draft Zero? Are we having fun yet?

In the words of Singer/Song-Writer, Isaac Hayes:

There’s always hurdles.  So I just keep moving, just constantly redefining myself.  That’s how you stay in the race.


Feature Photo: If you encounter an unexpected hurdle, jump over it!  If you can’t, you just have to find another way around (Fallen tree in the Dairy Farm Nature Park)

How do you overcome obstacles and get over hurdles?


Thank you,  y. prior, for inspiring me through this Quote Challenge, hosted by Karen on mytrainofthoughtson

If you are reading this and are so inclined, please join in the fun!

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Publish 3 quotes on 3 consecutive days on your blog. It can be your own, or from a book, song, movie, or from anyone who inspires you. (so sorry, Karen, I post only twice a week, so I will post a quote in 3 consecutive posts).
  • Nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this endeavour (or invite everyone!)


13 Replies to “Overcoming Hurdles: Nanowrimo Day 9 Update”

  1. So sorry to hear you and your daughter had a stomach bug and I hope you are feeling better now. When something unexpected happens to divert me from what I am doing I always ask ‘What is the message here, what is the gift within this situation?’ There usually is something new we are ready to learn even though it may not be obvious at first glance 😉💖 xxx

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  2. I think the importance is just staying in the race. Like you, I stress if I don’t keep a commitment I’ve made to myself or others, but usually I accept my lack of perfection and keep on keeping on.I hope you do so as well.

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  3. I’m glad the bug left you and your daughter quite quickly. Things like that are so nasty! And don’t make yourself worried about not fullfilling the word count – that definitely makes an end to the fun. 😉 Breath deeply and simply relax – there are far too many things out of our control. Happy writing! 😄

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