I’ll Start Tomorrow

I always said I would write a novel someday...

It’s easy to make excuses and never get started. I’m too busy. I’m too tired. I’ll start tomorrow. Sound about right?

I found NaNoWriMo last November while I mowas googling information on how to write a novel. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month – a contest with yourself to write 50,000 words in the month of November. It sounded crazy. I think the longest thing I had written up until that point was a 10 page paper in high school…and that took me a couple weeks to write! I made a last minute decision to sign up for NaNoWriMo the day before it started and went in with no outline and minimal ideas.

I started the first couple weeks off strong, hitting word count goal after word count goal. About half way through the month of November, the excuses started. Thanksgiving was coming and I was getting ready for Christmas. It didn’t take long for me to fall completely behind. By the time I realized what I was doing, I had two weeks to finish and 35,000 words to write.

I won on November 30th, at 9:35pm, with 50,712 words. I quit making excuses and carved out time every day to write…and it worked!

In March, my life took a dip, and I lost my job, through no fault of my own. It was difficult though. Even when it isn’t your fault, it makes you feel like you’re not good enough. I began wallowing in self pity and once again shelving my novel. More excuses.

After a week or two, I decided enough was enough. I realized I was wasting away precious time. When you’re blessed with the chance to write all day, every day, you do it, regardless of how tired you are. You don’t know how long this free time is going to last. I don’t have time for excuses.

Excuses will not produce results, hard work and dedication will. Whatever your dream is, eventually, you’re going to have to make a decision: Are you going to keep pushing it off until tomorrow because you’re too busy or too tired or are you going to start now? The choice is yours.

Until next time-

Jessica 

Those Pesky Doubts

It’s so easy to doubt yourself. It’s something I do; I think it’s something everyone does. The problem with doubt is it can hold you back and turn you against yourself.

I think it all boils down to the fear of failure and embarrassment. I know my biggest fear is to send my work out into the world and have it ripped a part. Here’s the thing: there are always going to be people who don’t like something you do/say/make.

You cannot let your fear of hate, criticism and failure stop you from pursuing your passion.

I’d much rather put my novel out into the world and fail, than delete my words and ignore my calling. Writing is a part of me, it’s a part of my soul. How can I deny myself of something that means that much to me? I can’t and I won’t.

If you have found your calling, don’t let that little voice in your head have power over your life. Pursuing any passion will take hard work and dedication, and you will doubt yourself along the way. Don’t let that stop you, life is far too short. Follow your dreams and live the life you choose.

Until next time-

Jessica