I’m not naïve. I’m optimistic with a dose of the realistic. I knew that after cranking out 50,100 words of a novel in 30 days I’d need to spend significantly more time revising it. And so it was from that perspective that I attended a seminar last Monday evening at the local library taught by Dr. Juliet Kincaid on revising your novel. The target audience was people who completed NaNoWriMo this year. And fun fact: I learned the creator of this international month-long writing contest, Chris Baty is not only from my own Overland Park, Kansas, but he graduated from the same high school as my daughter. Hearing something like that, yet another thread that connects me to a larger whole is motivating.
I love writing. I really, really do. And yet, I don’t make time for it in a significant way. Why is that? Do you have things you really enjoy doing that you don’t make time for? Maybe you have an overly taxing job or family life. Maybe you have an illness that deprives you of the energy you’d need to accomplish your aspirations. I don’t have any of those excuses. Well, my job is demanding but in a positive, challenging way; I enjoy it. More so over the past year than I have for some time. And my family life is no more taxing than the average person’s. I don’t have little children at home, though I do have a daughter who just graduated college (go Natalie!) And I have parents who have health issues and occasionally require a helping hand (like today, when their care giver didn’t show up). But truly, none of that prevents me from writing. Continue reading