Yesterday, as I searched the junk drawer in my kitchen – the place where everything that needs a home lands – I found a slip of paper from a fortune cookie from who knows when..
I smiled. What timing!
On November 1, I took the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November, my first attempt at fiction.
I’ve had the idea rolling around in my head since 2015. I decided the time is now to bring the characters to life.
After only four days I wondered if I could do it? Can I stick with the writing schedule I gave myself? Write 1700 or more words each day?
Discouragement set in.
And then I found a reminder on how to enjoy the process: “Keep your ideas flexible and don’t ignore details.”
This told me: Lighten up; just let the ideas flow. Let my creative side go free, without censor. And don’t forget to add details to keep it interesting, but make sure to stay consistent with facts. Above all – have fun with it.
All this because of an open drawer, a long-forgotten fortune, and a resolve to stay the course. Simple things that melded into motivation. This reminds me stay alert for signs to guide my way – to watch at all times for these things I call God winks. And for that I’m grateful.