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I am late getting my post up today.  My fear is that I won’t do this.  I have been struggling in life and it affects my ability to write.   It shackles  translating my imagination into words, yet story is still within me like an ember fighting for air.  I’m afraid I really can’t do this because of that struggle, and I wonder why I keep trying?   Why do I keep struggling and feeling miserable about it?  Why don’t I just let it go and move on?  Its almost painful in its own way, hanging onto it–Giving up would be a relief.

Yet here I am still trying to NaNo, but no words written yet.

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  • I don’t do NaNo the standard way exactly because I know a word count goal would cripple me. Here’s how I do it – find 90 CONSECUTIVE minutes every day and force myself to turn off access to the internet and write. It doesn’t matter if it’s pages or a paragraph or even outlining,a nd it doesn’t matter if it’s crap – it’s getting my mind in the story. At first it was painful – looking at the clock every 5 minutes – but soon the story takes over and the 90 minutes is up too soon. Not sure if it’ll work for you, but maybe.

  • TB Markinson

    Maybe you can “forgot” the NaNo goal of 50000, which is intimidating, and just focus on getting some words on the page each day. One word is better than none. And they do add up.

  • Would setting mini-goals for each week help? Or just overall changing your goal for the end of the month instead of aiming for 50,000? Maybe less pressure will allow the pleasure of the writing to seep back in.

  • We keep trying because we have to. Those stories within us must be told. It’s just those first steps are difficult to take, but take them we must.

    (oops, I sounded a little like Yoda then, lol)

  • NaNo isn’t really all about getting those 50,000 words in one month. It’s about taking the time and putting in the effort to write a story. The words don’t have to be pretty or even all that coherent. Maybe try a scene with the characters you are excited to write. It doesn’t have to be in order. It doesn’t even have to end up in the book, but it’ll be some writing and that’s good. Good luck!

  • Don’t give up. Take it one word at a time. To be honest, I’ve stopped participating in blog hops, aside for IWSG, to relieve some of that pressure of feeling like I “have to” write. It is also why I’ve never participated in NaNo. Stress and writing don’t work well for me. Even if you write one word a day you are on your way. I’m sorry your personal life isn’t going well. I hope things improve for you soon. Have a lovely weekend.

  • I get the NaNo thing. I just start writing and see what happens. I don’t worry about content until something is on the page. Once something is on the page you will start to relax and it will flow… Come on Girl! You can do this!!!

  • Those first words are always a struggle. Don’t hang NaNo over your head and maybe they will come.

    • Good advice. Thank you. I am not really worrying about, but was hoping it would jump start me wanting to join in with everyone else rather then making the actual words. Keeping on after the first words appears to be my biggest obstacle. I can start it, but keep the story going is where it gets hard. The fear it will just be a repeat of that has held me back this time around. But you are right I just need to jump in the water and not worry about the depth.

  • Hang in there, Juneta! NaNo sounds like an amazing challenge, but if it stresses you out, it’s not worth it. You need writing to be fun, not a chore. If you can free yourself from all deadlines and expectations and just write whatever interesting thing that comes into your head, maybe you’ll be able to find your way back to the joy that comes with expressing the story inside. Don’t force it. Just breathe and let if flow however and whenever it will. More positive thoughts coming your way. Take care!

  • Hi Juneta. Sorry finding the words is difficult for you now. Have you tried free writing? That’s when you start out with some thought you had. You don’t need lofty thoughts. Maybe it’s like, “I think I need to try a different laundry detergent.” Duh, yeah, really. Something crazy or fun or silly. Write for 5 minutes. It’s amazing what appears on the page. It may not be about laundry detergent at all! Have fun with it. I don’t do Nano anymore. I hope I won’t get whipped for saying that, but it is stress I don’t need. Be patient. You can write when you wish. Best wishes!

  • I’m sorry getting the words is tough for you right now. Sometimes forcing words can make them stall. Good luck with NaNo! Even if you don’t meet your word count goal, celebrate that you tried.

  • good luck with NaNo, Juneta! don’t let the pressure take you down, you are a fantastic writer! Keep at it 🙂

  • I’m sorry things are so tough write now. Try to start with a single sentence, and then write two tomorrow, and so on . . .maybe that will help.

    Best wishes!

  • Sorry things are tough writing wise ATM Juneta. But we all struggle. I’m just pleased I finally finished a book and self-published it. If you want any help with critiquing/self-publishing, please flick me an email…den.covey@gmail.com Not that I’m an expert, but I may be able to help with some little niggly thing.

    Denise Covey November co-host IWSG

  • Well, I’ll tell you what: you’re not alone! Nano is here . . . I’m trying it and yet only wrote one day and not much o_O

    And struggling, fear, feeling miserable about not getting anywhere with writing? Yep, we’ve all been there. Small consolation that you’re not alone, but it’s better than the alternative, right? Umm, I think. Either way, I’m up for brainstorming if you want. You can let me know the general idea and I’ll ask you a bunch of questions, I’ll annoy you because I’m so far off from what you want that you’ll have no choice but to write it and say: Katherine, shush it! THIS is what I meant, read it. 😉 (For real, let me know if you want to brainstorm, though)

  • Positive thoughts and hugs from me too.
    Don’t beat yourself up about the writing, just concentrate on the stuff you need to for now and let the writing come when it will. I know that feeling of how easy it would be to give it up – that’s when you need to remember why you do it in the first place.
    You’re so supportive of others, save a bit of that for yourself!
    Hugest hugs!
    A x

  • Sorry to hear about your difficulties. Maybe with time things will get better. Good luck!

  • I’ve been down. Down to the point that… Writing was and is the only thing that makes life bearable when things get tough. Let yourself write when you can and try to be strong the rest of the time.

    Sending positive thoughts. I hope they help. 🙂

    Anna from Elements of Writing<

    • Dang, I really wish I would learn how to do that. Easy to write in the good times, but hardest for me in the bad. I hear how others use the bad to make great story—still working on figuring that out for myself. Thank you all the positive thought vibes.

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