Words Written on Day One: 502
Total Words Written: 502
It hit me like an epiphanal lightning bolt. One major difficulty I face participating in NaNoWriMo.
No, not the 50,000-word goal. That’s doable. I’ve done it before. I’ve written over 100,000 in a month. (Yes, that was the era before I had children. How did you know?)
What is overwhelming is my mind telling me that if I am going to have enough self-discipline to write a little bit every day in my novel, I should automatically have the self-discipline to do all those other things I should be doing or have efforted to do over the years.
Suddenly I think of everything I have tried to incorporate into my daily schedule and feel that I should start them up as well. Making progress in my reading lists. Editing the current draft of my completed novel. Exercising every day (or at least doing a few crunches). Doing a project with my kids every evening. Flossing my teeth. They all jumble and jostle for first place in my mind and I begin to wonder why I ever started.
One thing at a time now.
Obviously, I can’t take it all on. But maybe I can take on something. One thing. Make a habit of that. And then incorporate other goals once I’ve gotten this one down. It is possible. It might take effort, but so do a thousand other things in life.
Just write, I tell myself. Finish this one thing first. Then take on the next.
The thoughts still jumble and jostle, but I try to push them back, at least for a little while. To pray. To breathe. To dream. And to write.