November 1 2012 Editor Assistance Newsletter
NaNoWriMo is here! You can watch my progress here –
If you have an account and I’m not yet your buddy, please let me know! I’m happy to support and encourage you.
Even if you’re not doing NaNoWriMo, this is the perfect month to “goal set”. Choose a goal. Any goal. It should be achievable in a month, without necessarily being easy. Challenging is fine! The point is not to achieve or not achieve or try or fail. The point is to simply explore the journey. It’s only by flexing our muscles that we build our strength. Each time we strive, we learn and grow and elevate.
So choose a goal for yourself. Share it with us! A goal shared is a goal that becomes more real. We all have goals that drift and never get achieved because we never start. That is what NaNoWriMo is all about counteracting. It’s about simply starting. Not judging, not criticizing, but simply going forward.
Yes we might have family members and others around us who nay-say. We might even have nay-saying voices in our own heads! Wash those away. Release them. Goals are reached when we release those inhibitions and plow towards the end result. Yes there are always challenges. That’s fine! We see them, and we go forward. We can do it!
My goal is to broaden my horizons. I want to write a modern-time novel, which I’ve never done. To write in first person, which I’ve never done. I’m setting it in Sutton which should make it easy – this is all around me. I will write about what I see. I adore Sutton bugs and trees and flowers and mushrooms. So those will fill my world. It will be a murder mystery, but also full of an appreciation for life, meditation, yoga, how each day is special and beautiful.
Whether or not I “succeed” – the point is the striving. The aiming for a goal, the knowing that thousands around me are striving for the same goal, and excuses should be left behind. There are moms with 7 kids who are trying. There are blind people trying. There are people with 2 jobs trying. If they can try, then so can I. There are no excuses. I simply move forward.
Let us all know what you want to take on in November. Find the forum that matches your goal, and post there with what you are doing. We will help you succeed!
Lisa Shea, owner
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