1 month ago for day 312, with 336 words.

NaNoWriMo - The Urge To Finish

Today, I had to interrupt my writing session when I was less than 250 words away from my daily word count goal. I had invited a friend of mine over for tea and remembered the wrong time when I planned my day. I thought she'd be around at 4 PM when in fact we had agreed on half past 3.

Anyway, when she rang the door, stopped my writing and updated my daily word count on the NaNoWriMo site just in case. I wasn't sure if I was going to get back to writing because I didn't know how long she would stay and honestly, I thought 250 words off the mark wasn't a big deal. I have been about 100 words over my daily word count each day so far so it didn't seem to matter.

My friend left half an hour ago and I debated what I should do. I thought about making myself a nice cheese plate and sitting down to watch something on Netflix or elsewhere. It is the weekend, after all.

Somehow, though, the thought of leaving my writing unfinished wasn't sitting well with me. Surely, 250 words more could be accomplished? Also, would I really feel ok with having cut the writing short tomorrow? What about my writetogether post? How would I feel about that?

It became apparent to me that it would cost me less time and energy to just finish my writing and write a short note for here, than I would have to spend convincing myself that "it was alright to not write". Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't beat myself up about cutting the writing short or missing it if I had a good reason or a really hard time with it. But that's not the case. My energy is holding up well and there is nothing else I need to do so not finishing it feels unsatisfactory and unnecessary.

Besides, now that I have done it, watching a silly show on Netflix will feel even better!

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