This was a busy week for me, not only with work and my personal life but also with my writing. Considering that my schedule was all over the place, I impressed myself with the fact that I was able to maintain my word count by the end of the week so that I have continued to add an average of 1,000 words a day to my new novel.
It would appear my ability to remain focused has finally returned.
And I intend to keep at it.
That’s no small feat, considering the difficult time I’ve had with focusing lately. But sometimes what it takes is finally just jumping in and hoping for the best. I saw a quote recently, I believe by Zig Ziglar, which said:
“F.E.A.R. has two meanings…
Forget Everything And Run
Face Everything And Rise.
The choice is yours.”
I finally had to force myself to make the choice to face my fears when I realized after three months that I still wasn’t getting anywhere with my writing. It’s why I joined Camp NaNo and committed myself to at least 30,000 words for the month. It’s also why I joined another challenge involving journaling and photography so that I could continue to express myself creatively and use it as a means to continue to heal.
Some days are easier than others when it comes to making time to write, but when I have been able to get in a good chunk of time to work on my new book, the results have been very satisfying. I’m relieved by the notion that each day will continue to get easier and that also means that each day will allow me to move forward to meet my writing goals.
I’m also pleased to have characters talking to me again. J
My first full week in April has provided me with more confidence as I forge ahead and I eagerly look forward to what I will accomplish by the end of the month. Next week I have a difficult hurdle to cross so it might not be the best week as far as productivity goes, but I will do what I can as I’m able, knowing the last two weeks of the month will leave me with plenty of days to make up for lost time.
And I will remember the wise words behind the meaning of the word “fear” so that I’ll continue to make choices that will allow me to rise rather than cause me to run.