Two more days and November will be concluded. Where has 2016 gone? I've had so much going on this year that I'm not sure where the time actually went.
I've had some amazing conversations with my writer friends about the direction of where my writing should go. They've helped me make some pretty solid plans for my writing future and even though I won't finish NaNoWriMo again this year, I've managed to push myself further than I have in a long time. I've figured out how to work my writing time and my work time together. I've figured out how to write even when I'm stressed.
One thing I've definitely learned over the course of this month has been if you are an author you need that support you get from other authors. They keep you going even when you want to throw in the towel. They've been where you are and can understand completely how you feel. I love how supportive my writing group friends are. They are always at the ready to give out encouragement or even whine with you a few minutes, before you both say okay, back to work.
There is something about this relationship that completes an author. It gives hope where sometimes hope is lost. It answers they question, why am I doing this?
I wouldn't trade my family and friends for the world, but I also wouldn't trade a single writing friend for the world either. Yes, there is a difference between the two. Writing friends get you on all levels. They understand the balance between daily life and the writing life. They know the frustration of daily life getting in the way of your writing life and the desire to just hide away and write until you can't see the page any longer.
They know the charge your body and mind receive from a good brainstorming session. Whether the brainstorming is over a story or your writing career. The refreshing energy flows through you like a tidal wave of wonder and you are ready to take on the world again.
I awoke this morning with an epiphany to apply to 2017. With fresh goals, fresh mindset, and a firmness to accomplish these. Winter is coming on here in Indiana, which steals the outside world from you most days. For the writer in me, I cherish this. Only leaving the house when I have to and enjoying the quiet cold days deep inside the realms of a story.
After brainstorming with a writer friend at the beginning of the month, I realized what was holding me back and why. Now I can move into these winter months with a fresh start, fresh eyes, and a fresh drive to keep moving forward. I understand more fully the path I am to take and how to get there.
I realize sometimes things take time. I also understand how scary it is to move forward in an uncertain world. But that is life, isn't it? We never know what tomorrow will bring. How tomorrow will change us forever. I know from experience that sometimes our heart just isn't into life in general, nor is it ready to move forward by any means. Things in this world can change us in the blink of an eye.
The death of a granddaughter changed me in so many ways. Her death came in the midst of launching my writing career. I've not been the same ever since and this I know. But, one thing I've learned from this is life is short, embrace it, and do those things that make you happy. Today, I am clearer than I've been in years on the next step to my future. So today, after my epiphany, I embrace what is to come.
Everyone have a lovely day!!!
Blessings to all!!!