2019 · November

A Late Start

Hello, Readers!

Today is the beginning of November! Not only does it mean this is the season for pumpkin pie, hot apple cider, and warm fires, but it is also NaNoWriMo. For those of you that don’t know this is the month where writers can come together to write a novel in a month, or better yet, 50,000 words of a novel. They are there to support each other like the amazing community that I’ve grown to love and care for.

The first day of NaNo is often met with either trepidation or elation, depending on how prepared you were ahead of time. I have to admit, I stayed up until midnight last night doing the final preparations for nano. It was exhausting, but I managed to get it done in time. So, I was ready to begin my writing once I was done babysitting at five.

Only, it wasn’t five. Halfway through my shift, things changed. My daughter’s shift changed at work. It would be almost eight before she even got off work.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t happy about it, but I was determined to still get my word count in regardless. No way, was going to be waylaid this early on in the competition. So, she walked in the door, I gathered up my stuff and moved to the back office.

I opened up my word document, typed the word One onto the first line and nearly had a meltdown. Panic tore at my throat.

It was so easy to complain about never having time to write, but when faced with time to write, I was afraid. That fear is a familiar friend to me and it never quite goes away. However, I put my mind on the story I wanted to tell. Before long I was seeing images before my eyes and writing them down. The fear no longer my companion.

It only took me an hour and a half and I got my word count in for the day. I know not every day will be so easy, but for today, it was and its done.

Day 1 total: 1,727

There is light for this journey. Wish us all luck.

Until next time, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.

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