So, almost two days have flown past and I’ve barely had a minute to think about blogging. Sorry ’bout that ;P
But seriously, I think the most important thing to consider when participating in a challenge like #NaNoWriMo is to keep in mind that life has its way of making you take notice sometimes, and sometimes, that ends up being the more important focus for the day.
And as I was getting ready for bed last night, and I realised that I had totally forgot about my blog post, I had a moment to determine what was more important. I’d been in Sydney visiting amazing girlfriends and the 3 hour round trip plus lunch and giggles had plum tuckered me out. Did I get up and head downstairs to write because I said I would, or would I let myself drift off to sleepy land and let the day go without comment?
Clearly I decided to do my Snow White impression instead and even today chose to spend time with family instead of my computer. The lesson learned, I believe, is that the words on the page matter, but not if the people in my life are ignored in order to put those words down.
But what if I don’t make it? How will I feel? I’ve decided that it’s important for me to think about this now as the fear of failure has been a massive part of my personal life challenges. By choosing now how I plan to respond, my hope is that if I do not make the word count I will be armed with a response that I can draw upon.
How will I feel? I’ve decided that I will feel BLOODY AMAZING! That’s how I will feel. Why? Because this is the first time I have attempted to write a novel and low and behold I currently have 8200 words that tell the story! Booyah! Yes, I do. And that is 8200 words I did not have on the 31st October 2015 or any other day before that.
Here’s what I think:
Words matter. Numbers don’t. Say what must be said and not a word more lest you sound like a clanging cymbal and your reader puts the book aside never knowing the end.
And that, my friends, is all for today.
May the rest of this weekend be full of family love, friendship that makes you laugh till you pee and insight that helps you see the world in a whole new way.
Miriam E. Miles has a finger in quite a few creative pies – her personal writing includes poetry, short reflective pieces on family, identity and spiritual awakening and her work life is spent helping clients build authentic and engaging social media connections.
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