My November challenge was to write a chapter a day of my third and final book about our time in Zambia. I have written about ten, totalling 23,183 words.
Here is the list of excuses.
1 I never got a chance to write at a weekend (takes out eight days)
2 When there is a chance for Husband to do childcare and me to write, it seems that Husband's PhD takes precedence. (The PhD research was the reason we moved to Zambia. Six years on and it is 'nearly finished', or so he says...)
3 Writing a sermon took out the last week. I can't concentrate on two things at once.
4 I have been back and forth with my daughter to various clinics.
5 It turns out birthday parties take a lot of preparation.
6 My grandmother fell and broke her leg (again) and so I worried about and visited her.
These are all excuses. There were days when I did have time, but couldn't face writing anything. And days when my mind went blank: was there really anything interesting to say. Then I'd remember my son's first attempts to ride a bicycle, or the worries over my daughter's lack of social interaction, or the glorious sunshine and fantastic friends ... and then something would click and writing could begin again.
But most of all, I'm proud of having written over twenty thousand words! I cannot guarantee the quality of any of them, and much of it is jumbled up. However, I am a quarter of the way there, and a month ago I was no further than the title. If I were able to carry on at that rate I'd be finished by Easter.
Just got Christmas in the way now...