I am a writer. I write. My take on the “I think therefore I am” business. I did not participate in NaNoWriMo this year. I have never been able to commit to it because of choices I’ve made. I am ok with that. But for those of you who may have started and given up, stalled, or gotten sidetracked, here is a second chance for you. There are 2 weeks left. If you start now and write all 13 days assuming the base word count that NaNoWriMo touts at 1,700 words per day, you can have over 22,000 words done on the novel/novella/epic that you don’t have now. If you want to be picky, 22,100 words assuming you stick to the base word count. Now if you manage to get your internal editor turned off and go stream of conscious writing, I’d be shocked if you stuck to the base word count. Think about that. 22,000 words is nothing to sneeze at. Get writing!
My choice is to try and make writing a life change. I want to write every month, not just put an artificial deadline out there and see if I can hit it. It isn’t my way of doing things. And that is ok. People need to make commitments to themselves to work on the projects that are important because they are important to them. In my case, that means that I’ve set up a writing schedule and I’ve been sticking to it by choice. Have I hit my goal every day? Hell no. Do I let it get me down? Give up? Put pressure on myself to make up the difference? Again, hell no. I choose to write. I choose to take this difficult career path because it speaks to me. I choose to keep working on it because every day that I sit down and put words in whatever medium, it makes me happy. I am a writer. How about you?
Happy Veteran’s Day 2013. Take a moment and thank a veteran or an active service member today for your freedom. It doesn’t come for free. When we remember to be thankful for the things we have they become that much more important in our lives. There are people in the world who don’t have enough to eat, shelter or medicine. There are people who cannot speak their thoughts. There are people who don’t have access to education and knowledge; things that I believe are taken for granted in the US. Remember that early in the establishment of this nation our forefathers thought that these and other beliefs were important enough to fight and die for. Which is why we have days like today. The majority of people who live in poverty in the US would be considered wealthy in many places in this world.
Take a few minutes today and forget the upcoming holiday lists and general every day consumerism and think about what you already have. Thank someone who believed in those things enough to stand between you and those who would take that away from you.
It sounds silly when you write it out like that. Of course I’m not a superhero. I can’t do everything. We get so caught up in our daily lives that are filled with Have-To’s versus Want-To’s. And a lot of the time we feel like we have to do it all. I’ve come to the conclusion that I cannot do it all.
Are you a list maker? Do you ever make it to the end of your list? You’re a rarity if you do. Most people have more things to do in one day than can get done. When I make lists and I finally end up crossing something off I generally have something else to add to it. It’s a never ending cycle.
So what can be done to mitigate that? Priorities. I set up my day so that I get the Most Important things done first. If I do that and get those crossed off my list all the rest is bonus because I feel like I’ve done something worthwhile that day. You know what happens on the days that I don’t do that? I feel completely rotten. (And sometimes I take it out on those unlucky individuals around me.) Do I have anyone to blame but myself? Nope. Does this work every day? Nope. But it works out better most days and sometimes that is all we can ask for.
Life is organic. It comes and it goes. Sometimes we are so busy we cannot see the end of the road. Sometimes we float. All I can do to control my day is make sure the important stuff gets done first. And you know what? The important stuff can change from day to day. This is why we call it life. Today my Important Stuff is complete. What have you done today? Write on.
I love this magnet. I hang it wherever it makes the most sense that day. We spend so much of our lives worrying about failure. Well, I say forget that. Going back to what the National Park Service attributes to Thomas Edison at National Historical Park, New Jersey, “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” Astound yourself. Believe in yourself. If that one doesn’t work for you, here’s another: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Get to work. Write on.
I figure it’s kind of pointless to blog about NaNoWriMo. If you’re participating you’re probably not reading this. If you are reading this and participating . . . GET BACK TO WRITING! It’s only day 4 out of 30. You can do anything for 30 days. GO! GO! GO!