Knowing what you love about NaNoWriMo and always being able to remind yourself of those seductive elements, is possibly the difference between finishing NaNo and getting your winners badge, or committing yourself to the wayside and another lost opportunity.
I learnt this important lesson, of focusing on what you love from my dear friend Dan Sinclair (aka Mama Magic). She wasn’t actually writing about NaNo when she imparted her wisdom, but about mothering. All too often (and I am one who falls into this trap) we can focus on what we hate, what we struggle with, what bogs us down, what we just don’t and can’t love enough or at all. It’s no wonder we get caught in all types of negative circular thinking. If instead we instead look to and cultivate the things we love and enjoy, AND have them at the ready, we really can get through any crisis or low point. Or even better, we can create environments, both internal and external, where we don’t end up having to deal with a crisis or low point
So I thought it would be a good idea to suss out what it is I love about NaNo in the lead in, to get a psychological jump start on November. Then if the going gets tough, as it will undoubtedly do at some stage, there will be a point of reference to return to and refresh myself on why I chose this somewhat crazy path (again!)
These are the ten dot points I came up with and over the next few days I will explore them in more detail.
- It’s all about writing fiction
- It gives me an opportunity to truly get lost
- It provides me with of a continuing story
- The thrill
- The twists
- The sense of accomplishment
- It brings an essence of simplicity back into my life because everything else takes a back seat
- I feel like a real writer
- It forces me to be mindful and create space in my life to write fiction, in other words, it forces me into a routine!
- NaNo brings with it a wonderful community of generous, talented and supportive writers.
When I’m having a tough day with my son I go and do something with him I love to do. I have those things filed away for quick and easy retrieval. The sure winner is always a walk holding his hand – I LOVE holding his hand. And that’s really what this post is all about.
I will be putting the dot points from this blather above my desk to remind me of what I love about NaNo. If I can even focus on one of them a day and soak up the love, then I do believe it will all go to plan … mostly, perhaps … if I poke my tongue out at this odd angle and hold it!
If I hit a really dark patch … I’ll try and wring something good from it, because there is a lesson if everythig if we’re open to it (and I’ve learnt two big lessons in the past two years – which is another post entirely!). At the end of the day, regardless of what goes down on any particular day in November, I will hopefully be sitting at my computer writing fiction and that can never really be a bad thing!
What do you love about NaNo?