Mistryst Echoes Reminder to Meet Writing Goals
Today’s word-a-day selection is mistryst: verb, Scottish and Northern English: 1. to fail to meet or keep an appointment with (someone). 2. to be confused or complexed by (something). All writers and hobbyists have writing goals. One of my far-reaching goals is to write a novel in a month using the framework provided in an annual online challenge. I’ve unsuccessfully tried writing a novel in a month on top of my regular writing work load. I am not alone. How many people do you know that are working on the November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge? If you have been writing grant proposals or grading student essays and have missed this challenge, get more information about it here: https://nanowrimo.org/
Hitting the Replay Button
I have found success this year writing and publishing poetry, essays, articles, and flash-fiction. I’ve even authored and edited an anthology. But the longer sustained creative version? Not so much. I get started with it and before the end of the first week, I hit the wall and miss a word count. And the reality is you either quickly recover the word count fail or you fall too far behind to catch up. The two basic rules of the NaNoWriMo are pretty straightforward:
- Write a minimum of 1,667 words a day in November. These writing sessions need to advance the novel’s plot daily. (Rewrites, as I found at an earlier attempt, do not count towards the daily count.)
- Reach 50,000 words and the end of the story by November 30.
What I am learning is that the pre-planning and outline preparation is what is key to completing this challenging challenge. Have I successfully learned this lesson? No, I have not, which is why I have my own version of Groundhog’s Day occurring annually at the beginning of each November. Perhaps next month I can schedule NaNoWriMo prep into the early summer of 2019? It would coincide nicely with the free-writing I do at the annual summer conference for the International Women’s Writing Guild now wouldn’t it? Not familiar with that fantastic offering? Wonder what the benefits of being an IWWG member are? Look here: https://www.iwwg.org/join/
The Message from a Confused and Complexed Verb
Mistryst’s message is pretty clear to me. The appointment I am missing is the one with myself to write my novel and other creative writing projects. So says this sassy transitive verb: I will come back over and over and over again to remind you to take time to meet with your creative self and to work on that which needs to be uncovered. Ummm, Boom!
Take out your journal and make a list down the page numbered 1-25. As fast as you can list the obstacles that prevent you from writing long-term goals, including novels, memoirs, and non-fiction books. Now note if any of the situations, people, or other obstacles are repeated. Take time during the next six weeks to plan to successfully complete a long project of choice in 2019.
Here’s to growing your flow,