How Can It Be December?

November has faded and become a dull memory, and it’s already December 2016. How did the days disappear so quickly? Just so you know, I did not complete NaNoWritMo. The last couple of weeks, Ron and I have been ill with some strange virus. Many of those days I could not function, let alone write. Which is a shame because I have a ton of book reviews to write… and awards are due for my favorite picks of 2016.

Today is the first day I feel coherent. I did complete 9,000 words of “The Meadow Fairy,” (about four chapters), so I don’t consider the experience a loss. My head just wasn’t in the game.

But here’s my take away from the challenge. If you can write under pressure, NaNoWritMo is for you. I’ve decided that I am a much more leisurely writer. I need to mull things over – dream about them, even. In other words, the words must come to me on their own. The more pressure I felt, the more uncooperative my brain seemed to become. I tried it, and it didn’t work for me.

That doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you. You never know until you try it.

Here’s the thing. I write at least two hours each day. That doesn’t count book reviews, blog posts, or poetry. NaNoWritMo is all about developing a daily writing schedule, finding time to transfer the words hiding inside your brain on to paper. If you can develop a daily writing habit, you are way ahead of the game.

A writing schedule helps you to decide what works for you. Figure out what time of day is the best for your writing inspiration to flow. Then, schedule your time and write. Seriously. Schedule your time to write.

Think about it. If you could write for two hours a day with no interruptions or Facebook visits, in no time you would have a rough draft of a novel.

Set some writing goals and amaze yourself. I know you will love the results. If you have already defined your goals, share them in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by. I loved seeing all of you! ❤

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