“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.”
- Kyle Chandler
Or is it? For many of us who signed up for NaNoWriMo we started the month with high hopes and sometimes with unrealistic expectations. The thought of accomplishing so much in such a small amount of time holds allure for those of us who keep the day job in spite of the attempt to do what we love–write full time.
It’s true, writing often puts a crimp in the personal life of a writer and those close to them. We stall while we search for the “perfect word”, you know the one, the one that tells you three paragraphs of description in a single sentence. Good words doing their job, well chosen by a writer who really cares about the craft. Searching for the phase I thought of and didn’t write down yesterday, the perfect word and stopping to record the funny thing I just noticed or remembered is the bane of my existence, and that of the husband who loves me.
But I told you when we started the month that it wasn’t about dragging to the finish line with a load of . . . forgive me, but Crap! It was mostly about being consistent, sticking with the goals you set and finishing what you start. Remember, 100 words?
So in spite of the time I spent with friends and family, traveling, and enjoying the holiday, I still find myself writing every day. Do I make the 50K? I’m not sure, probably, but nothing is a given. Is the new habit –writing every day–established? Definitely.
Is that good enough? I think so, because I agree with Chandler, Opportunity will come when I’m beating down the door.