Welcome to 2014! We don’t actually begin Round 1 until the 6th (because I have this thing where I like to start things on Monday), but I wanted to wish all you ROWers, new and old, a very Happy New Year!
It’s going to be awesome.
Because I decree it, and in this little corner of the universe, what I say goes.
I’ll be working on my inaugural post of writing wisdom over the next few days, but I wanted to put a little bug in your ear to be thinking about as you formulate your goals for this round.
We live in what Brene Brown refers to as a “culture of scarcity”. She talks about this in her book Daring Greatly, which I’m reading right now (great read and on sale!). It’s this whole idea where our focus is always on the lack, from the moment we get out of bed in the morning. “Oh, I didn’t get enough sleep.” “I don’t have enough time.” “I didn’t write enough words.” This is a self perpetuating cycle of making us feel like we’re always behind and we suck. And gee, this ties in with why I dislike NaNo and why I started this challenge in the first place.
I want you to CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE. Because we ARE WHAT WE TELL OURSELVES.
I want you to approach your writing from a position of GRATITUDE.
Be grateful for what words you get, grateful for those bursts of creativity, grateful for the community of writers we have here to support each other. I know I am.
So focus on that when it comes to your goals and, most especially, with your check ins.
See you on Monday.