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Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo

InsecureWritersSupportGroup2It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it is time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post.

This month will be less about the insecurities that go with being a writer and more about the balance of writing and regular life.

I’ve been thinking about balance all year. This is not a surprise since balance was my “One Little Word” for the year. I am finding that all things in my life are about balance. I am also finding that I am not very good at staying in balance in my life.

October is the official or unofficial planning month for November’s NaNoWriMo, depending on how you look at it. For me, that means that the next couple of months will be quite busy. And all by choice.

I’ve discovered that whether by choice or simply by life it is so easy to get out of balance. Most of the things that will be crowding my life for the next couple of months will be by my choice. That doesn’t mean that I won’t get overwhelmed or want to give up. But I won’t.

I choose to participate in NaNoWriMo which means that it is my goal to write 50,000 words by November 30th. This is a crazy goal but completely doable.

I choose to write every day. My day is not complete until I’ve written. No matter how tired or much I just want to curl up in front of the tv, I will write. This may not seem like balance, but it truly is. Writing is in my blood and must be heeded.

I believe I will struggle in the attempt to balance my writing with my regular life. This isn’t unlike anyone else. If you have kids, a job, house and/or a partner, attempting to balance all of this is incredibly difficult.

Balance is a delicate dance. One that never ends and that is okay.balance-110850_1280

If you are joining me in the quest for a NaNoWriMo win, then good luck. It’s a wild ride.

If you are simply trying to make your life work then I wish you all the best. I know how difficult things can be.

Just remember: if every day were the same, life would be boring.


  • Shannon Lawrence

    I also need to find balance. I thought I had it, but then I took a new day job. I’m completely thrown off now, and am trying to figure out where to fit in the stuff I was previously doing during the hours I’m now working. Ack!