Turning A New Chapter In Life

Boxes and boxes and yet more boxes!

My life took another detour and a new chapter has begun.

I’m forty something and am now officially “retired” for health reasons.

Plus hubby’s new job will soon move us from North Carolina to a land far, far north of here…

North Dakota.

packing

 

 

 

I’m excited.  I’m also very nervous!

As a writer, this new chapter in my life represents new experiences, new people; and of course, new adventures!

Stay tuned!

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(Three Ways To) Keep That Story Going!

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Okay, you started on a new story.  What can you do to keep it going?

1. Set a daily word count until the story is completed (at least for the first draft).

2. If that doesn’t work, what about setting a set amount of time to work on it for each day?  30 minutes?  Or even 15 minutes each day is better than nothing!

3. Okay, you’re a busy person.  You have a full-time job plus you’re a parent and so on and so forth.  It’s almost impossible to write every day.  So, now what?  Well, for me, I set a week’s goal of either 1,000 words or 45 minutes (minimal) so with a more flexible writing schedule it decreases the level of stress for me as a writer, and I find writing the story much more enjoyable.

 

How do you keep a story going?

 

NaNoWriMo-Decision Time

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I keep teetering back and forth on “yes! I will  do NaNo this year” and “eh, nah, not this year.”   So, I’ve decided to turn to listing the pros and cons of participating.

 

Cons

1. Time-consuming (when I have a family plus I’m the only one who’s currently working full-time, plus Thanksgiving is coming)

2. Energy-consuming (see above)

3. Would need to “write” while everyone’s sleeping (not sure if I can muster this with my eye-condition)

4. Not sure if I have enough motivation/determination to follow through with the commitment (I would cough this up to not having enough energy or eye-power for an entire month)

5. Lacking family support (namely my husband)

 

Pros

1. Have this strong desire to complete a draft of something

2. My son wants me to (this translates to that yes, I have a story in mind and that he wants to read it!)

3. I need to write!

4. To help me feel better as a writer (to end the year on a high note with having worked on a large project)

5. I would like to have a work-in-progress manuscript on hand when I apply for an opportunity at a writer’s residency (never been to one)

 

I’m looking over these items I’ve listed above and I still can’t decide.  Okay, I’m going to grab another cup of coffee and think some more.

 

 

Life’s Battles and Writing

It’s so easy to let life in general stop you from writing or even reading.  Distractions from the home front (especially if you have children) and/or the work front abound in every corner.  They sap your time and energy.

But, what if you’re also dealing with other things that not everybody goes through?  A child with a life-threatening illness, or even your own?  A progressive disorder that’s causing you to lose one or more of your body’s abilities?  How do you cope with these and find the energy and time to write or read?  Do you even want to?

As an artist, I believe it would be even more important to continue with your creative endeavors.  But, I can only speak from my own personal experience.

I’m going blind.   Over time, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to read and write.  Depression assaults me constantly, and I’d stop doing everything which only makes me feel worse.  Misery would grow ’till I break down and write (or read) something, anything; only then do I find relief from the pain however temporary.

I’ve come to realize that I need to create, no matter what.  Even if  I completely lose my sight.  I must find a way to continue writing (and reading); else life would lose its value.

And I can’t allow that to happen.