Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pre-NaNo Update

I am excited for NaNoWriMo. 

I'm sort of dreading it, I'm really overwhelmed by it, and it's definitely scaring me. But with all of that, I'm incredibly excited. 

October has been a veeeeeeeery slow writing month for me, which has been frustrating. Last month was extremely productive, and I suppose I just assumed that the productivity would carry over into this month. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I don't know that I've even written five chapters of my WIP this month. My goal of finishing before NaNo is utterly impossible at this point, but that's okay.

I've been learning lately that it's good to set goals. That it's important to work your butt off to achieve those goals. But perhaps it is necessary also to be okay when we do not reach those goals. It's okay to let our goals morph into other goals when they become unrealistic. And the most important of all is not to beat ourselves up over it, because that will get us nowhere. I'm finding that we can let the disappointment of not reaching a goal fuel the excitement of meeting the next goal. 

Additionally, I've been praying a lot that God would help me be productive. It's taken me seventeen and a half years to realize that I can't do it on my own. 

Seventeen and a half. I'll be seventeen and a half, officially, on October 24. How odd is that. On October 25, I'll be closer to my eighteenth birthday than to my seventeenth birthday. I'm not sure how I feel about that. Speaking of growing up things, many of you know that I applied to NET ministries. Last week, I got a phone call telling me that I'm invited to come to an interview weekend! It's a good thing I wasn't able to answer the phone and had to listen to the message, because my reaction may have got me uninvited....blubbering and screaming and the like. That will be in February, so please keep me in your prayers! 

Also, this is weird, but my brother Dominic and I have become obsessed with this local classical radio station. Right now, they're having a fundraiser thing, and we literally have it on all the time. The deejays have the most relaxing, almost hypnotic voices. They play the strangest array of music, not just classical...there is some electronic and...I honestly don't even know the other genres. A lot of it is really different and I've never even heard it before. I listen to classical music occasionally and greatly appreciate it, but don't typically chose to listen to it on my own, so I have no idea why I love it. I'm honestly so confused by why I'm so addicted to it.

That was probably the most irrelevant paragraph I've ever written (which is saying something), but I really felt that need to confess all that so y'all better just suck it up, buttercup. Irrelevancy is my thing. That is such a fun word. Say it. Irrelevancy. 

Back to NaNo. My outlines are ready, my pencils are sharp, and I've found a stellar pen. Not that the writing utensils matter so much, as I type out my books. But it's comforting to know, if I should need them, they're right near by. I rounded up a couple of writer friends to participate in a NaNo support group, and I'm really really really pumped about the ladies I'll be working with. I'll keep y'all posted on how the group goes.  

What have you guys been up to? How are my Wrimos feeling pre-November? 

20 comments:

  1. *nods* Yes. Goals are good. I like to wave at them as they pass by! Hehe... Congrats on your interview!! :D
    I'm *planning* on trying to do NaNo this year, but my plot isn't coming completely together? (Hopefully I can do some serious brainstorming in the next few days to rectify that, though!)
    And yes, sharpened pencils & stellar pens are extremely comforting... <3

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    1. Best of luck to you, Hannah! I know you'll come up with something with that crazy (in a good way) brain of yours ;)

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  2. Oo Nano is so daunting, good luck with it.

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  3. Goals are great to have, and it's good to be flexible with them. Good luck with NaNo! I participated 2009-2013, but it's not in my cards this year.

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  4. EEP I'm so excited about NaNo and being a writing buddy with you throughout all of it! <3 You are such a wonderful person and it's so much fun to get to know you better. :D

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    1. Katie, you are so sweet!! YOU are a wonderful person and I'm so excited that you're on board!

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  5. Best of luck with NaNo. I've never done it before but it sounds like quite the experience. And happy (early) birthday!!! If I'm unable to tell you later. :)

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  6. I'm so excited for Nano, I've got my outline ready and I'm set! Now I just have to wait 12 more days.. It's good to set goals, but they have to be reasonable! Good luck with NaNo!

    ~Noor

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  7. Good luck with NaNo. I considered doing it, but I've chickened out.

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  8. There is a secret crazy part of me that really wants to do NaNo this year, as for once I'm actually at that stage of planning a book where it could work out. If I get up at 5am every day and go to bed when my children do. Still, it might be worth it...because I agree that setting goals and trying to reach them is super important. Once you've prayerfully set goals and done your best, you can have that assurance that everything you couldn't get done wasn't in God's plan anyway. He never asks you to do more than you can. But giving God your failures can be pretty hard for a control freak. :) Just setting a goal you know you may not be able to complete is a good way to trust God--so good for you! (I hate that "good for you" always sounds so condescending. I didn't mean it that way, but these word-thingies are hard sometimes. ;)
    I think classical music is awesome--it can reach you on a really primal level, for lack of a better term. Try some Ralph Vaughan Williams and Debussy. They're my favorites lately. (They also tend to be beloved by NPR hosts, so you probably have heard them. :)

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    1. DO IT! That is so, so well put...thank you for all of it. And I shall check them out!

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  9. Good luck with NaNoWriMo! It has a funny way of making one productive again :)

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  10. Irrelevancy /is/ such a fun word to say! Seriously, it's one of my favorites.

    I'm almost 18 too! I actually turn 18 next week *screams because I don't want growing up to be a thing* And I've kinda been thinking a lot about growing up too. No deep revelations yet, lol. But I'll keep you all posted. :)

    Good luck with NaNo! I can't wait either! :D


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  11. I'm doing NaNo for the first time this year, actually (or at least I think I am-- I haven't talked myself out of it yet, anyway). I'm going to give it my best shot, but I'm not even planning on being disappointed if I don't make it to 50,000 words, because life and busy-ness and all that. :P I'm super excited though.

    Also... I feel your pain. I'll turn 18 in March and I already feel like an old woman counting down the days to the next age that she's dreading. It's kind of sad. xD

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