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Proceeding to Goals

End of the year necessarily brings thoughts, plans, goals, dreams for the new year. It is so for many, and I, too, get caught up in the fiery frenzy of looking forward. I have good, ambitious plans for the new year, and the drive to work toward them. And, I have a formidable measure of doubt, that I know better than to dismiss. If I’m not careful, that doubt can transform into a bulwark against progress, becoming a veritable guardian of any falling short on my part. I’ve learned that the best fight against this obstacle is to see it for what it is, and keep moving forward.

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NaNoWriMo: Day 3

It’s three days into the writing projects and I’ve learned some useful stuff that will help me to get through. Being flexible is helpful because the effort is so new to me. Tell me what you think.

The 6 characters I met on the first day, must have been waiting in the wings, because they were not on my first list. One of those new characters emerged as a possible transformation subject, which would make her a major player. Needless to say, it was really nice to meet her. She was very round right off the bat so I’ll definitely let her do her thing.

Day 2 revealed more about the plot and the big news and big secret (yet to be revealed to me).

Day 3 is working out to be a transition day. I’ve learned useful things about my writing process. Some of them I won’t be able to use until tomorrow:

  1. Writing for hours, chasing my imagination across the page is fun
  2. It’s easy to let other important tasks get my attention, (case in point, yesterday’s short progress – only 1,024 words)
  3. It helps to de-claw my inner critic by saying I know this will suck but I’m moving forward anyway
  4. Writing before work requires early rising that I’m still struggling with (should’ve practiced that in October)
  5. I still get distracted by a good Saints football game, (gotta be on guard for that)

I’ve got more work assignments to complete, then get a late lunch before I get to writing. I definitely want to flip this order for tomorrow. When do you do your first writing of the day?