Saturday, November 26, 2016

Life Implodes But The Write Is Still On... Words Of Encouragement:

What do you do when your life implodes and takes a drastic turn during a month when all your creativity and time needs to be aimed in one direction, not multiple places?

Yeah, if you've got the answer to that question, I'd love to hear it.

I've been planning this month, the month of November, since last November. I enjoy NaNoWriMo. I've been doing it for five years now. BUT... it takes a lot to hash out 50k words in 30 days. This experience always gives me a higher respect for authors than I already do, and I have a VERY HIGH respect for authors.

But this month, well, the last two weeks to be exact, things have changed drastically in my life. Some personal things have come up and I'm having to learn a new way of living life than I was a week ago.

How do you do that to begin with. How do you do that and still keep that part of yourself that you enjoy and want to experience when your world is literally changing with every second?

I needed a way to still get my words in each day with all the distractions around me. One of my ML's with Nano gave me some great advice that I wanted to share with you, in case you too, were having difficulties getting life to stand by while you achieved your word count. And even if you aren't in Nano this year, or have ever been, this is still some great advice.

Calm yourself.
Concentrate on one thing at a time.
Make sure to have some "me" time thrown in between all the chaos.
And keep it simple.

I know. The advice seems very simplistic. But it worked. I reached 62k at the beginning of the week and I am about four chapters away from finishing my story. I decided that yes, life blew up around me. Yes, I could have let it swamp me and consume me. But I decided to be proactive and while I was taking care of everyone else, I was also taking care of ME. I'm a thinker. I've always liked to spend time in my head. And I can overthink things like you wouldn't believe. But this time, I just buckled down and lived in the moment. And that moment took me to 62k.

So now that November is practically over, this advice might seem to little, to late. But it's not. Just because November is ending, doesn't mean you have to stop writing. Keep writing! Get that novel finished, even if it's next year before it's done.

Then be proud of yourself and drink some wine! Wine makes everything better. :)

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