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Hectic Start, Silver Lining

While I started this month excited and fully prepared to beast out the writing challenges ahead, on November 2nd, life barged in, slapped the pen out of my hand, wrestled concentration to the ground, and pummeled productivity into particles. I was caught off guard. One moment I was thanking God for the ability to start this journey with so much clarity, and the next I was convinced the universe was playing tricks on me. In a matter of days, I went from Full Speed Ahead Lane to What The What Blvd. It was unreal.

Though several family issues and a hectic work week lead to a pitiful start, in the writing arena, nothing was lost. Intense prayer has kept me from worrying myself into a ball of yarn and all of my loved ones are okay. So, no tragedies…just life.

With that being said, I decided I’d concentrate on all that has gone well since NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo began. My breakthroughs over the last few weeks have been specific to my returning to college and creating a budget that will allow me to do so.

Here’s a few:

– Mobile phone company – Prior to today, I was convinced that my mobile phone company didn’t want my business and that I should look for another provider prior to my contract ending in December. Today; however, I received amazing customer service from two representatives that not only helped me save money but were a pleasure to work with.

– Cable provider – While it appears that my next bill will absorb a lot of the cost associated with switching plans, my current bill absorbed all of the prorated discounts. The amount due dropped from $122 to $12.

– A+ Certification – The college I’ve decided to attend has encourage me to recertify. Instead of having pay for a class geared specifically towards becoming certified, I was able to locate free classes.

– Math book – I was able to rent a text book for $20!

Now, let’s try this thing again! ūüėČ

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Prompt – Writer’s Block

Dear Writer’s Block,

It’s not you, it’s me. I’m to blame for accepting every excuse known to man. It’s my fault that I don’t show up early and often. Ultimately, allowing the normal scapegoats – family, finances, work, and the unexpected – to continue to distract me from the promises I’ve made to myself sit at my feet.

To a made up mind; these trivial things could never exist. For someone who has thought through and committed to the work required to gain momentum and escape mediocrity, this conversation might never take place. Again, my fault, not yours.

Up until now, I haven’t been able to create a plan. Up until now, my reply to your justifications for my lack of umph¬†has been yeah, I guess you’re right and that’s simply not okay.

Time and time again, you have been faithful in protecting me from the unknown and, until now, I never considered the cost of that protection. Now; however, it’s clear and I’m sorry to have wasted your time. I knew this couldn’t continue indefinitely.

I’ve flirted with thoughts of having more than what we’ve had. Yes, I’ve been flirting with the idea of creating something different. I’m sorry if that’s hard for you to hear, but it’s true.

I’m sure there was a better way to handle¬†this; however, this is the best I could come up with. After today, I won’t need you to protect me anymore. I think it’s okay to take the chances you’ve subtly warned me about.

It’ll be hard to figure out a way to replace all the time we spent together thinking about writing, but I have faith that through writing, it’ll get easier. Prompts alone might be just what I need to create a new and better writing life. Who knows?

If for no other reason, you’ve caused me to tire of this stagnant place in my writing, yet I know I never could have gotten here without you. I thank you for the lessons you’ve taught me, but this is the end.

Sabrina

From Day 1 of the Writing Prompt Boot Camp.

Take a Load Off

This post is¬†for the¬†one that’s¬†exhausted. The¬†one that’s doing far more than your share. The one with no¬†time to cry. The one that needs a break.

While¬†you may put in¬†far¬†more than others, know that it’s a choice.¬†Saving other people, from themselves, is a choice.¬†And, over time, you will begin to resent¬†making that¬†choice.

Yes,¬†you are accomplishing a¬†lot, based on what you can see.¬†You’d accomplish more; however,¬†if¬†you’d take one or two steps back.

I’m asking that you consider measuring what you can’t see. Things like character, confidence, integrity, and accountability develop¬†through trials. These things have more weight.

However, if you¬†continue to solve their problems,¬†how can they grow? Your muscles are stronger. You can handle¬†it. But only because¬†you’ve had more practice.¬†Slightly¬†unfair.

When you take a few steps back, you’ll find that¬†people aren’t as careless when there isn’t a safety net. Whose safety net are you? Who knows that you won’t let them¬†down? Who is depending on you more than God?

I just wanted to give you a moment to see the part you’re playing in the chaos. Though your intentions are good, it’s possible they are also counterproductive.

NaBloPoMo November 2014

NaNoWriMo Rebel Style

Being a¬†NaNo Rebel, this¬†year,¬†means I’m more committed¬†to an¬†existing¬†work than a daily word count. I’ve successfully completed several 50K challenges since joining NaNo, so I know I can¬†type 1,667 words a day. What I don’t know; however, is how to actually turn¬†a hodgepodge of¬†word sprints and random brain dumps into¬†something publishable.¬†Well, this year, my goal is¬†a little closer to publishable.

The manuscript¬†that won’t let me go was born during the last 10K¬†words of¬†NaNoWriMo 2012. Yes, I’ve been working on it¬†that long.

Well, that’s not entirely true.

I haven’t been writing for the whole two years. I’ve been¬†reading about writing¬†a fiction novel, getting frustrated with my lack of knowledge, talking about completing the book,¬†railing against the idea of¬†the book¬†being more than a short story,¬†creating outlines, talking about being frustrated, and more variations of the same. Not being a fiction reader, I was unaware of just how much work I had in front of me.

Now, two years later, I’m a little less stubborn about the process. I realize that it takes a lot of writing, rewriting, and¬†rewriting again to create something that looks remotely like talent. I’ve also given myself permission to not only be a newbie in this arena, but to ask for help when I need it.

Over the years, I’ve surrounded myself with several published authors and I’m a member of a Writer’s group, so I have a support group.¬†All that’s left is to get out of my own way and¬†enjoy the journey.

While having breakfast, today, I¬†read my manuscript and started making a few¬†notes. Though I still have work to do, it’s not as bad as I thought. And, it didn’t take long for me to get excited about working on it again. Stay tuned, I plan to share¬†a chapter, or two, with you.

Are you working on a novel? Or, are you a published author? How long has it taken you to get out of your own way?

NaBloPoMo November 2014

 

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