Carol Collett

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Reflections on the First Day of NaNoWriMo 2014

NaNoWriMo (AKA What the heck was I thinking) started November 1. I’ve signed up for the craziness before, but never really gave it my best shot. But this year is different. Not only do I have a different mind-set about, I have a story I like, and it just feels different.

So of course the few days leading up to NaNo kick-off some negativity started creeping into my thinking. But I silenced those negative voices with a first day word count of 4194. Yay me!

But what’s not so public is that a handful of local writer friends and I participate in our own little month-long marathon every October. I’ve always set some lofty goal that I’ve never reached. I decided to do something different for October 2014 marathon. I needed to get my mojo back after not writing for a couple of years.

My goal was to write something, anything, one sentence every single day of October. I needed writing to be a habit again, needed writing to become a need again.

I have written something every day since September 26, 2014. Again-Yay me!

My dream never left me, never died like I thought. It was there underneath all the negativity, underneath all the fear.

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4 thoughts on “Reflections on the First Day of NaNoWriMo 2014

  1. This is my first time doing NaNoWriMo, I’m excited and nervous, but I find that even though it’s only been 2 days, my anxiety lessens each time I write.
    Great idea to write each day trying to get back in the habit, I’ve been trying to write each day as well, trying to find my voice…maybe even find myself as I write. Good luck….I don’t believe in luck, but I’m not sure what to say to cheer you on. You can do it Carol!! 🙂

  2. Way to go, Carol!

    Since I set a goal I completely fell flat on in our October marathon, I’m going to follow your lead from that marathon into November–write something on my story every day in November. I’m also going to put a calendar on the wall by the chair where I write (on my laptop) and cross off the days I do actually meet that goal with big purple X’s. Hopefully that will motivate me to do it and not have any blank days staring back at me.

    • Yay! You can do it! Writing every day during October gave me the confidence to try NaNo this year, and to take it seriously. It also reminded me, in a muscle memory kind of way, that the muse isn’t magical, she only appears when exercised. Something you pointed out often during the MTCW days. Hopefully the lesson stays with me this time.

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