NaNoWriMo and Priorities

Happy November!

If you’re like me, you weren’t sure you were going to make it this far, but here we are.

Last week, I promised to tell you what’s up so here’s the biz:

For the first time in a while, not a lot is up. Things have slowed down with my marketing business so I can have a better balance of work and play in light of my new job.

Since my schedule has been so jam-packed with work for the last two months, I haven’t really had the time to invest in the relationships I need to or even take in what’s been going on in my life.

In light of some recent circumstances and big changes, I would like to reorient myself and sort through some things with God.

Something that’s also been pushed to the back of the closet is my novel. Last month, I was so convicted that if I am really called to be writing this book, then I better sit my butt down for more than five seconds and finish the thing. I am excited to get back to the novel and have been starting to think through next steps. It’s exciting and a little frightening and I am ready for the adventure.

As such, I’m taking this month to connect with some close friends, take a couple trips, read, think, pray and write like it’s goin’ out of style. With these things being a priority, I am not going to be blogging for the month of November.

I’m not a NaNoWriMo person. I’m not crazy. But I would like to participate in the festivities by taking time this month to invest in my art.

People and art. Those are two of my favorite things in life and I am thrilled to be involved with them both once again.

I already have some great things in mind for December, so please check in again at that point.

Have a wonderful November!

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When the Going Gets Tough

For the past week, working on my novel has brought a sensation similar to extensive dental work. My 500 word goal, once easy to surpass, has become difficult to come close to.

I stayed up late the other night, just trying to force a few words down, but it was such a struggle. I was exhausted after a hundred words or so. And then something occurred to me that hasn’t yet in the course of writing this novel:

Why don’t I just give up?

What scared me most about the question was not that I asked it, but that it made sense.

Things have gotten hard. Life has gotten busy. My room has become a mess.

I’ve let so many things distract me, fill my time, and take my energy that I have not given myself any space to be creative.

It’s draining.

I have filled my time with good things, things that need to be done. But am I making time to do the work I was called to do?

Probably not.

For me, what does this mean? It means I need to be more intentional about how I spend my time. Working part-time from home, I will have to have set hours for work and set hours for writing, and I can’t take from one to give to the other. I will have to set aside moments for house work while still guarding those moments for creativity.

I also need to stop suppressing creative urges just because they are not convenient. For whatever reason, I have stopped carrying around my beloved notebook and I’m seeing how my creativity is suffering because of it. I am not providing a way to capture my ideas. That’s not fair to my work or my sanity.

So no, I am not giving up. I have made it this far and have too many cheerleaders willing to help me along. I can’t ignore either of those things. This novel will get written, but I need to make that a possibility.

Some re-prioritizing is in order.

What about you? When it gets hard to complete something that you’re passionate about, how do you push onward? I’d love to hear so please comment!

xo,
          –Lex

Burn Out

Why, hello, dear reader!

I hope spring has come to you at last. Here in western Michigan, we’re enjoying a nice rain. It’s been so long since I’ve got to enjoy that sound.
Now, we must have a short discussion.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am working on a novel. Well, at least pretending to work on a novel. I haven’t been able to invest much time into it in the last couple months.
It’s been difficult to balance a blog and small groups and a writing group, and healthy living conditions as well as a novel. As much as I love blogging and interacting with all of you, I am finding myself creatively dry at the end of the day.
I was encouraged this week to just write the blasted thing. To just get it done.
My priority is to be a writer. To put this novel down. Surpassing that is being a family member and friend, a following, perhaps, being a small group leader, and lastly a clean bathroom maker. (Why does that one always come last?) A lot of these roles have been put on hold in order to keep this blog as well as some other blogging collaborations going. I need to pour my creativity into the art I have been called to make.
As a result, I cannot be as devoted to long posts and lots of social networking. (I think I can hear some of you breathing a sigh of relief…) I’m not giving up on Preppy Bohemia. Posts will still come–hopefully on a weekly basis–but for the next four or five weeks, posts will be shorter and my reply time on comments and email may be a bit more delayed. This is not a formal break, but instead, a declaration of no structure for a short time. By May, I should be recharged and ready to do this thing. In the mean time, this place my look more like a writing blog, but hang on. I promise, I’ll be back to a full range of topics shortly.
I am excited to get to writing and am so thankful to all of you for your support and understanding.
What about you? What is something you need to return to doing? What is something you may have to put down to do it?
Here’s to the journey,
                  –Lex