I was totally going to participate in NaNo this year… technically I am participating — but I have a feeling that the month may have other plans in mind for me.
Yet again, it’s a reminder that I need to go with the flow. The editing I had been working on ground to a halt this summer — honestly I think I burned myself out a bit. I ended up putting it on the shelf for a while, and I’ll get back to it in my own time. When I’m refreshed and able to approach it with the care and attention it deserves.
I’ve been trying to remind myself of this need to let things happen in their own time.
My NaNo attempts have been hijacked by health issues that aren’t letting me put my focus on the story just now. I still could manage to get 50k words – the month is young and I’ve been known to be able to pound out a lot of (decent) work in a short period of time. It could still happen.
But I need to focus on what needs my attention in the moment. Need to not allow myself to fall into doubt of if I can do this work just because a few days go by where no words are able to come. Just because things aren’t going as I planned (in the story or in life) it doesn’t mean I’m on the wrong track — it just means that things are taking a different path than expected. And I need to just learn to roll with it.
So for all the other writers out there, that might be struggling with your work, whatever stage you’re in — you can do it. Hold onto whatever that seed of inspiration is, that little thing that prompted you to start writing in the first place. Hold onto that, shelter its light, and then find whatever fuel it may need to let it shine.
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