Holy smokes, I’m writing a novel!

It took over everything. Every waking moment for the first week of April was dedicated to writing or thinking about my novel. I didn’t plan out the story ahead of time. I had a basic plot and started to write. By the second week I had run out of ideas. The plan hadn’t magically appeared before me and I knew I’d have to pause the writing and work it out. I did and the plan bloomed beautifully in a couple of moments of brilliance. The general plot fell into place. I picked my hubby’s brain for the nitty gritty.

It took over my life and was stressing me out. Errands, chores, my happiness project and the hubby were abandoned to make the daily word count. I struggled and stressed and stalled. The stress oppressed my creativity and it all came to a screeching halt. I had to make a decision. Either force myself to continue to write every night and risk the inevitable abandonment of the project from lack of creativity or limit writing to the weekends and give myself breathing room. It meant falling drastically short of my final word count goal. Stopping wasn’t an option. I’d come too far for that. And I wanted it too badly. So I decided to limit the writing to the weekends. Four hours in the morning on Saturday and four hours in the morning on Sunday. The rest of the week to be dedicated to reading mystery novels and brainstorming story ideas.

The third week of April was calm. I brainstormed during the week and wrote on the weekend. The words flew easily. I felt like I was uncovering the story rather than spitting words onto the page and hoping they made sense. I felt relieved. I started meditating (which was one of my happiness project goals for April). And while I’ll fall short of my word count goal by the end of the month, it doesn’t matter. This was the push I needed to get back to what I love, writing. This was the push I needed to plunge into story writing and to finally publish one of them. I’m happy and proud of myself and very excited.

April Enthusiasm

March was a rough month. It seemed like winter would stay with us forever. But we’re finally in April. The daytime highs have reached the pluses and the mounds of snow are melting away. The rain we’ve received so far is a nice change.

March was all about lightening up and letting go. My goals were to quit complaining, let go, sing in the morning and laugh more. I complained less, let go of more things that bothered me, sang or hummed some of the mornings and laughed more. And while I didn’t stop complaining completely or laugh and sing every day I still feel that it was a success. And I do feel much lighter.

April is all about spirituality and focusing on meditating, thanking the universe daily, researching spirituality, and manifesting abundance. Its off to a slow start. I started meditating last night. I haven’t found the right meditation video or music yet but that will be part of the research and I’m hopeful I’ll discover it soon.

I’ve also joined Camp NaNoWriMo, an extension of the National Novel Writing Month which takes place in November. Its an online camp that writers can join in  April and July and work on any type of writing they want for the month. You can write a novel or a series of short stories or edit any previous work. You set your final word count goal (anywhere between 10,000 and 1,000,000 words) and then update your word count daily. The site keeps track of your statistics so you can see how you’re doing (average words per day, number of words written that day, how many more words you need to reach your goal etc.). You can read the forums or join a cabin and get support from other writers. I’ve been at it for three days and I’m stoked. I’ve written almost 4,000 words already. I haven’t written this much or this seriously in a long time.

April will be a busy month trying to fit in my writing, my happiness project and our day to day errands and obligations. But I am definitely up for the challenge!