Our co-hosts this month are: Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardener. Make sure you visit their sites and thank them for their time and encouragement!
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This year has so far not gone as planned in terms of writing. I'd thought I'd have my novel edited and ready for readers by the end of January. Well, it's been edited but now I need to go through it and do some deep revising before it's ready for critiques. That being said, I'd planned to start the draft of a new novel in February but my health had other plans.
I've battled Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis for about ten years and for the first time in a very, very long time I feel like normal. I've been on a very limited eating plan for the past 15 days and it's worked beautifully! I don't plan to live on this eating plan (trust me when I say VERY limited) but it's something that I know I can now use periodically to get myself back on track.
This means that I finally have the energy to do the things I haven't been able to do in so long! We'll finally be able to take the kayaks out my husband bought for my birthday last July! I'll be able to swim again. I rearranged the house yesterday and, aside from a sore back from improperly lifting an armchair, I feel great!
What does this mean for my writing? I'm ready and have carved out a plan that - I hope - will have me back on track with the editing AND the drafting of the new story by the end of this month. Of course, I've recently taken on more work at the day job, but that shouldn't hold me back too much (fingers crossed). I'm encouraged and I'm so very thankful this particular eating plan came to me at the right time. Like I said, it's very limiting but I'm putting in the effort and it's working.
Kind of like anything, right? If we're willing to put in the work, make the sacrifices, we'll see the results. Not that if I write every day for an entire year, draft a novel a month, or set aside a hour a day to write will have me on the NY Time Bestseller list by December. It might, but more importantly, it will establish to myself that I am serious about writing. Something that really hit home to me a couple of weeks ago is the phrase "You're only a writer if you write." Not if you're published, not if you're famous, if you WRITE. And that's my goal for this year: to write.
I'm revisiting some favorite writing books and discovering a few new ones. I'm hopeful that getting my health back on track will have me back to writing and editing and - gulp - submitting in a manner that will say to me, "Hey! Look at you! You're WRITING! You're really doing this!"
I can. YOU can. All you gotta do is put in the work. Show up. Be ready. Get that pen moving.
If you're writing, you're a writer.