In November, I told you about participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). My goal was to write 50,000 words in November. While I didn’t get an exact count of how many words I wrote, I added 38,200 new words to a new novel plus rewrote a short story that I submitted for a contest. I probably ended up 10,000 words short of the goal. As I stated in my blog, November is a terrible month to have that kind of event. We usually have a lot of family time scheduled and try to attend a college football game. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for writing.
I’m proud of myself or getting that many words done considering all I did in November. I really wanted to meet the goal but didn’t stress over not meeting it. I have no regrets about spending time with my mom, dad, daughter, and son-in-law. Going to see Texas A&M play football was a hoot, and I’m so glad we did that. My priorities are in the right place.
NaNoWriMo gave me the push to write more than usual. I liked the motivation to write every day. It helped push me to get more done than usual. My new book is over half-way done, and I did it in less than a month. That tells me I can do more than what I’ve done in the past. I’ll try to keep up the pace.
It’s like that sign shown at the top of this post. You can be “nowhere” or, given some space, you can be “now here”. I will be nowhere if I don’t give writing some space in my time. Put in enough space, and I’ll be now here at my writing destination. Same principle goes with anything. If you want to accomplish something, you have to make space for it in your life.
Learn from my experience. Set goals and schedule the time and space to achieve them.
And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. Colossians 3:23
Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with you might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, where you go. Ecclesiastes 9:10