Sunday, November 3, 2013

it's all happening

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On Friday I started writing my nanowrimo novel. This is for real, people. I just surpassed my word count for the third day in a row.

It's only been three days, but I've already learned so much.

I've learned that my process is to reread from start to finish what I've already written. I might change a word or two, fill in a blank - a name that I couldn't think of for example. And then I begin. I simply write. Sometimes {like today} it is slow, but it always comes if I show up. Things are happening. A story is coming together. Characters are shaping and themes are emerging.

I've also learned that a coffee shop writer I am not. I like to be at home, spread out, comfortable. Where I can pace about if I need to, head to the kitchen for leisurely snacks and water breaks. Curl up in my bed and sit in the bliss of flannel sheets and sip tea from a favorite mug.

I've learned that I feel as good after a writing session as I do after exercising. It's just a bummer that writing doesn't burn as many calories as a good work out...

I've learned that I have time for writing. MUCH more time than I realized. So much so that reaching my word count hasn't been an issue. On a school day, on a family outing day, on a day when I squandered an hour at a coffee shop by myself and then spent three hours chatting with a friend, came home and picked up the house and watched a football game and then, only after the kids went to bed, I found time to write. And I met my goal.

I've learned the more I write, the more I want to write.

I've learned that good or bad, this book is being written. The goal when I started was to reignite a love of writing, to start a practice, and it is happening. We watched Almost Famous on Friday night, and the phrase that keeps ringing in my ear is "It's all happening" and it truly is. The thing I've said I always wanted to do - I'm doing it. And it feels right. It feels good.

Stay tuned my friends, and get ready for various updates throughout the month. It's all happening...

12 comments:

  1. Corinne, that is so awesome! Good for you! Looks like i'll have to live the dream vicariously through you for a bit :) Xoxo

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  2. Oh, this give me a delicious thrill! Especially: "I've learned the more I write, the more I want to write." I'm excited for--and inspired by!--you.

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    1. Er... That's supposed to say 'this gAve me',,, :)

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  3. This is great, it sounds like you are on the right path to meet your goal. :)

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  4. That is so incredibly inspiring Corinne! I love that you showing up is opening up so much. With you in spirit, holding you in light.

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  5. I'm seriously bursting with happiness for you!!

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  6. This is awesome, Corinne! I love this line especially: "it always comes if I show up." I've experienced the same thing - but why is it so hard to remember sometimes? :)

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  7. This is Great Corinne! I especially love how you've learned you have time for writing- a good reminder. Best! Can't wait to hear about your progress!

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  8. Congrats! I'm with you though, coffee shops are generally too distracting for me. :)

    Are you writing fiction?

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  9. Yay! I'm so excited for you!! And in awe of you writing a book! Someday maybe I'll get there. For now I'm working on my goal of journaling every day for the month. 4 days in & I've hit every day :-)

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  10. Hooray! I can't wait to hear more - and to read it!

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  11. You are such an inspiration!!!!! I love following your journey!!

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