It’s the first day of November everyone, and it’s officially arrived: Happy NaNoWriMo 2018! I can’t wait to see and read what inspirations people have found as they challenge themselves this month in their writing journey! I have several friends participating this year, and while I regret that I cannot join, I will for sure be cheering them on every step of the way. Make sure to encourage one another and send out positive feedback to all those involved! I, for one, will be feeding off the creative energy in order to motivate myself towards an ambitious month. I plan on completing my revisions before sending it off to my editor, planning my book launch, and beginning to plot out my next book series which will run alongside Metamorphs. While I won’t be tasked with completing a novel within a month, I will certainly be keeping myself busy! Now, on to today’s inspirational quote:
“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”
― Jodi Picoult
In honor of NaNoWriMo, I chose this quote as many people have begun to pick up a pen to write. As I’m sure you all know, sometimes the most difficult part of writing is simply starting, finding the courage to put your thoughts on that first sheet of paper. We so often procrastinate our projects, waiting for the perfect story to fall into our laps or holding off in fear that “it’s not ready yet”. We worry so much about rejection and failure, about wasting our time and emotion on a labor of love that will never come to fruition, that we never even give ourselves a chance.
Here’s a little known fact: Work we never do will result in a 100% failure rate every time. You can’t finish the race if you never start. Don’t worry about how bad it is at the moment, just write! You can always go back later and make it the beautiful work of art it was meant to be. I would much rather work on a page that needs revisions than stare at a blank sheet of paper full of regrets. NaNoWrimo is here people! Don’t waste another day wondering if you should do it. Pick up that pen, grab that laptop, and get to work! Because there’s a blank page with your name on it.
Until next time, keep imagining…