November 30, 2011

Patience, Perseverance, and Lots o’ Prayer


Well, here we are. November 30. For me, this day is monumental.

Why?

Because today is the day I finish the rough draft of my first novel. *Exhausted cheers*

I originally set my deadline as December 31, but when a friend decided to participate in NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words in the month of November, I decided to join in. I had already finished 30,000 words of my novel but knew if I didn’t light a fire under my hands, I’d never finish writing this thing by the end of the year.

There were many days I felt like (1) I was an awful writer, (2) I had no originality, (3) my story was as dry as days-old bread, or (4) I shouldn’t be wasting my time. Writing wasn’t always fun. It wasn’t always easy.

But some days, it was both, and those days carried me through.

Now, this is a very, very rough draft. I plan to go back and read through it all, scouring off the grime and getting to the good stuff. But instead of moving hastily on to the next step, I want to stop and reflect on what it took to get here.

Patience
Patience with myself. Patience with the process. Patience with my inexperience at novel writing.

Perseverance
I kept moving ahead, plodding along. No. Matter. How. Hard. The. Next. Step. Felt.

Prayer
I asked for divine gifting of the aforementioned patience and perseverance, and a confirmation that God was OK with me spending my time like this.

Your Turn: What goals have you set for yourself lately (writing-related or otherwise)? Have you achieved them yet? If not, what will it take for you to achieve them?

P.S. – I’ve read some really good advice on this topic of perseverance and the writer’s calling lately. Author Jody Hedlund and literary agent Rachelle Gardner have particularly provoking posts.

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8 comments:

  1. Writing is a journey! Congrats on finishing your first draft!!!

    My goals: Keep polishing my novel and query, get an agent/publisher and finish my second book in this series so I can start the process all over.

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  2. That's awesome, TC! I hope you reach your goals. :)

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  3. Congratulations on reaching The End, Lindsay! That's a huge accomplishment. I hope you took time to celebrate.

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  4. Thanks, Keli! I definitely did a happy dance...but every end is a new beginning, so onward toward editing! :)

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  5. Woohoo! Congratulations! Don't you love those endorphins from typing "The End"? :)

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  6. Celebrating with you, Lindsay! Happy Dance time!
    NaNoWriMo (and the My Book Therapy version MBTWriMo) took an unexpected turn for me when my story took an unexpected turn.
    So, I had to realize:
    a) I wasn't going to reach 50k
    b) That was OK.
    Not reaching 50k didn't mean I'd failed. It was reality in my writing life. I needed to reassess where I was going as a writer and accept the detour as the right way to go.

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  7. Thanks, Beth. And that is so true. Sometimes, we need to reassess goals instead of tenaciously moving forward with something that isn't working. And reassessment does not equal failure.

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