Happy IWSG Day! Can you believe that it’s November already and it’s IWSG day again? Could’ve sworn our last IWSG day in October happened just yesterday. Either way, there’s only one month left in 2015 for us to come together. Sharing our woes and providing encouragement, until the new year. And it’s all thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for creating this writer’s haven. So we can discuss our fears without shame. Share our triumphs with pride. Always reminding everyone of us, every Wednesday of a new month, that we are not alone.
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I’d say I don’t have any worries this month but that’d be a lie of sorts. I do have one and that is if I’ll make it through NaNoWriMo. I have no attention of winning in regards to writing 50k words and over by the end of the month. I’ve decided to concentrate on just writing a complete rough draft, period. Word count be damned. I’ve also decided to work on two story ideas. The romance novel “Dreaming of You” first, then the urban and portal fantasy, “The Soul Traveler” second. Which means I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo into December.
On another note, a funny thing happen to me two weeks ago at Popeye’s. I’d just got out a grueling three hour meeting before I left work. Between you and me, I was surprised I was able to stay awake, all thanks goes to writing prep notes for NaNoWriMo. I’d told my husband earlier, how I won’t be cooking that night. Had been complaining about the meeting to him all day, before and afterward, that I’m going to be too tired. Really, I wasn’t cooking. Do you know how draining meetings can be? And it was three hours!
Anyways, I digress…true to my word and his, instead of cooking, we went to Popeye’s for takeout. I’d been reading James Scott Bell’s Write Your Novel From the Middle. I was using my cell as a bookmark and when it was my turn to order, I placed the book on the counter. Immediately, the couple that was in front of me started whispering. And I heard the words “she’s writing something.”
After I finished ordering, I stepped aside and waited. The curiosity soon got the better of them and the man asked me what I’m writing. I paused, gave it some thought and answered truthfully, “I’m not sure. Either a romance or a fantasy.” Then he nodded and whispered conspiratorially, “Do romance. Better yet “Fifty Shades of Grey” the black version.”
I couldn’t believe he just said that. And I wasn’t offended at all. Because a response like that should go under #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. I just found it hilarious and started laughing, and so did they. And I remembered thinking maybe I shouldn’t tell him that I’ve never read the book or wanted to. Thinking back on it now, it was just refreshing and it made my day (a three hour meeting? Really?).
Even with support from the IWSG community, my blog and social media followers, and a few family members, I still struggle with telling people (face to face) about my writing. Whenever someone asks what I do for a living, I tense up and answer my 9 to 5 job first. Or not mention writing at all. So I’ve come to a decision. From here on out and as part of my 2016 writing goals, to always answer “I’m a writer” first. And my 9 to 5 second. Although I do like what I’m doing, it’s purpose is really to help with expenses and the cost of living. But writing, despite the detours I’ve taken, has been my purpose. My calling, since elementary school age.
Made or have any writing/life decisions to make lately? Was it an easy or difficult decision to make? What are your goals/plans for 2016? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? If so, good luck!
PS By day 3 of NaNoWriMo my daily word count has been dropping by 100 words. I’ve been writing over ~2400 words since November 1 (hope this would not become a continued trend). Anyways, I wrote 2,443 words on day 3 which now puts me at 7,667 words!