Or ‘How to do NaNoWriMo with a 4-month-old baby’
My advice: Don’t! It’s impossible. They wriggle and cry and demand attention and somehow they know when you want to do some writing. They tire you out so much that when they do finally get to sleep you can’t even think about writing and have to go to bed.
Does that mean you can’t do NaNo? Of course not. I just recommend doing it without your baby whenever possible. My most productive writing times where in the Sainsbury’s coffee shop while my mum took the baby to do the shopping with her. This was good, but I was still left about 12K behind with only 2 days remaining and I was starting to worry that I might not be able to do this after all. It took all night and falling asleep while typing a few times but I just scraped through at 7am on the last day :). Then I went shopping for fabric for a jedi robe, but that’s another blog post. I was tired, but triumphant. Huzzah!
So, to anyone who has ever done NaNo with a baby, I salute you. To anyone planning on it (you mad mad people, but all wrimos are mad really) make sure you get a good support network in place before hand, and be prepared to do a lot of writing while tired!