Somehow, we’re about two thirds of the way through Camp NaNoWriMo. Not sure when that happened, or where the time went, but here we are!
I’m officially way behind on my goal, but I still have hope. To be honest, I’m okay if I don’t “win”, or reach my goal. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about trying your best… right? I recently shared a post with some printable quotes about writing, and one of my favorites is from F. Scott Fitzgerald where he says “I never blame failure – there are too many complicated situations in life – but I am absolutely merciless toward lack of effort.” I think the important thing about a goal is that it encourages you to try. And I’m still trying.
This past week, I felt a little stuck. I’m in a place with my writing where decisions need to be made, and this whole NaNoWriMo things puts a lot of pressure on making the right choice. Despite my choice to make my goal time-based instead of word-count-based, there’s still something frustrating about spending an hour trying to figure out plot, and having no words on the page to show for it.
Right now, I’m just trying to be open to my story, and not jump into anything for the sake of “winning”. If that means taking a few days off, and being a bit behind on my goal, that’s okay. As I explained in my series about How To Make a Writing Schedule, I think it’s important to give yourself rest and room to breathe.
So here I am, taking a breath, making decisions, and preparing to move forward.