Guest Post – Allie Potts #amwriter #nanowrimo #humor #thestruggle

To all of you participating in NaNoWriMo, good luck! Thank you again, Kristin for hosting. Here’s to finishing those novels.

Excuse me?

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One of the many reasons I am not followed on Pinterest

It was my 6yo’s birthday weekend extravaganza. We threw him a party with his friends, 14 kids in total, followed by a slumber party with one of his cousins, a bonfire the next evening, and a visit by his grandparents on Sunday. By the time the various parties ended, I was exhausted. I wanted nothing more than to sit back with a glass of wine or three. If I chose not to write the following Monday, I think many would agree that I had a pretty good reason to take a day off.

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

Instead, I am writing. On my About page, I have stated that I post on Mondays and Thursdays. I’ve made a promise. I could try to pretend that no one has read those words, but my stat reports show otherwise. Would the world come crashing down if I broke this little promise? Hardly, but I’d have to live with the knowledge that I had allowed myself to slip. What would I do the next time life gets in my way? What if one missed day becomes two, or a missed week becomes a missed month. Suddenly I am out of the game before I ever had a chance to get started.

“The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.” – Nido Qubein

I received confirmation this week that my request to terminate my agreement with my former publishing channel has been processed. That’s it. I am officially on my own. Now is not the time to give into excuses. No, now is the time to buckle down and find a way to push forward.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson

Besides, it could always be worse. The NaNoWriMo challenge is underway. Participating writers, try to write a novel consisting of a minimum of 50k words in 30 days. I’m in no way shape or form participating. While participants are toiling away in their creative sanctuaries, hoping that a loved one might occasionally check their vital signs and/or throw them a cookie, I’ve been fortunate enough to party with my favorite people and gorge on pizza and cake.

“There’s always something to be thankful for. If you can’t pay your bills, you can be thankful you’re not one of your creditors.” – Author unknown

It dawned on me as I thought of those struggling writers that I don’t need to make excuses. I’ve not promised anything I can’t deliver. I’ve promised to post on Mondays and Thursdays, but I never promised a specific word count goal. I may still slip one day, but that day is not today. I may have lost some sleep this weekend, but I have yet to lose my determination to succeed.


Finding the time to write – the story continues

I’ve been blogging a lot recently about my efforts to better understand the world of book sales after publishing; research which might have been beneficial to do several months ago rather than the trial by fire that is selling anything between Thanksgiving and New Year. However as much as I share what I am learning, the post that continues to gain the most amount of views remains on the topic split between how I managed to get anything written in the first place between day job with two kids and National Novel Writing Month.

I can’t tell for certain exactly which of the two topics is of greater interest, so I’ll touch on both.

No, I did not participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge. I was still too close to the characters and story from my initial work to attempt to grind something out in such a sort time – nor would my children have let me spend so much time in the office. There were emergencies that needed to be attended too RIGHT NOW such as the crisis of the missing Lego City Fire Truck door, the milk shortage of Small Business Saturday, and the sit down strike against wearing warm winter coats even when it is 40 F outside.

I did however complete my plot map for my next project along with a whooping 4953 (you read that correctly) words which I am hoping to finish by mid/late Spring if I can remain focused. Could I have finished out a nice round 5000 words? Possibly, but more than likely a majority of those 47 words would have been mom,mom,momma,mom.

Unfortunately this time I won’t have a nice long sabbatical to maximize. Instead I will just have to find the time elsewhere as I am able. Luckily at least one kid still takes a nap and the other has befriended the kid next store. Thank goodness also for Netflix streaming. Now that Breaking Bad is off the air and the Walking Dead is on break, I should be able to ignore the TV for days. Now if I can only find time to squeeze in my holiday shopping…