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Destroying My Doubt in 2017

You have sixty-one days left in 2017. What are you going to do with that time?

It goes without saying that I’ve been away from writing for the last couple of months. So much has happened within that time. Possibly the biggest being the opportunity to accomplish a childhood dream of traveling to Japan and spending two weeks there with two of my friends. I had the chance to cross the expanse of the country, visiting 7 different cities and even climbing 6,000 feet up on Mount Fuji. Like previous trips that I’ve made (HERE and HERE), I came back with a wealth of new cultural touchtones and knowledge that brought everything back into perspective. Each person really is just one piece in the summation of an amazingly complex puzzle. That type of thought helped to bring a bit of ease into anxiety that had slowly been creeping into the back of my mind before the trip.

2017 is supposed to be my year! I spoke it into existence. I made strides to alter my mental outlook as well and go all in on positive affirmation; and although the cynic in me would write off (pun not intended) the rest of this year due to it being so close to being done, I know that even two months is still plenty of time to still get so much done. Even with straying away from my initial goal and fighting mental fatigue (something I’ll speak on in a future post), conversations with friends corrected my course and ensured that I wasn’t simply being irrational.

So what do I do with all of this? What am I saying?

I’m saying that the tagline to my blog still means something to me. Day job to publication. The day job is most certainly not going away any time soon while there are bills to pay, so I will continue to work around the hurdles of real world responsibilities and use November to get back in the saddle; and it just so happens that NaNoWriMo is upon us again. The perfect vehicle to travel to my metaphorical destination.

As much as my reading and writing has diminished, I began ramping back up for this month by outlining and taking notes on the novel idea that has been knocking around in my head for several years now. Evernote has been an amazing tool for that. It’s something that I will use to write my novel as well since it syncs from both my computer and phone, allowing me to continue it from anywhere. But while NaNoWriMo isn’t the end goal, it’s the perfect structure to motivate me to finally pass the first major hurdle toward publication: finishing the first draft on my novel.

So I’m back in the metaphorical saddle again, motivated to push towards my passion. For everyone else out there, you can do it too. No matter what the goal is. Push through it and let’s all make it happen!

Until next time.

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