“There will always be a few impending risks with every new piece of writing. This usually results in a turn of events we never expect, a fresh perspective, something that sparks our interest continually, keeping us writing. It is hard to get a grasp on everything that you want your piece to accomplish, but what is important to remember is not to lose yourself in “what it can be” but to appreciate it for “what it will become.” I’ve been allowing myself to be messy with my writing, to take risks, to change my preferred (and comfortable) sense of my writing style, to see just how far I can take a new piece. I’m nurturing it, letting it grow, letting it become everything I want and more. It is a chance to regain that fulfillment we receive when we’re proud of the work we’ve done. That is where my focus is for this month, as I prepare for NaNoWriMo. Completing NaNoWriMo last year, allowed me to be “messy” with my work, to get somewhere. Those are ideals that I need to implement into my everyday writing schedule. Forget about the result, just get your words out.”
I’ve lately been trying to break patterns in my writing. I’ve noticed that I’d usually settle on one form of a character that spreads across many of my works, and that is something that I’ve been working quite hard to change. It is not easy to continuously break out from the constraints of what is easy to write, and into something that you’re entirely unsure of how it’ll turn out. I’ve learnt that those risks are entirely necessary to making a piece worthwhile, as you give back to the craft that grants you a feeling you cannot describe. “Writers write, and that’s all there is to it.” I’ve been finding the time, I’ve been taking notes when inspiration strikes, filling my pages with ideas for the days in which I have no idea where to take my piece.
Being proactive is the only way to get anything done. I’ve been setting and meeting deadlines, I’ve been spending more time getting words down on paper than I have been worrying about when I’m going to find the time to do exactly that. I’ve been letting my creative time be my break from my real world responsibilities for a while, so that it no longer feels like something I have to do, and so that it feels like something I truly need.
With NaNoWriMo coming up, the pressure is on to keep on track with just about everything if I plan on making it to the end yet again. I remember how fulfilling it was to complete it last year, and I long to feel that again. Once the ideas are flowing, all there is to do is make the time, and do as much as I can with it. I’ve been allowing myself to do with my writing what I have never done before, to focus on characters that I would never have previously implemented as my main sources of narrative, and maintaining the will to keep an open mind, and keep things moving.
It’s time to put the extra time in, to do more with the day, to utilize every moment and make it worthwhile. That is, if you’re looking for progress. I know I certainly am.