Jane Ridgewood

Another Tea Addicted Writer On The Loose!

There is nothing quite like sunny skies and snowy grounds. Yup that pretty much sums up springtime in Michigan these days. It seems Mother Nature is perhaps confused on what time of the year it is. Fortunately, I am not and I am happily participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month! For those of you who are also participating, we are on week two! Some of you may find yourselves flourishing. Continuing your momentum from the previous week or even starting a new. Some however may either still find the struggle to be real, or be losing that week one momentum and feeling it this week.

Did you know when taking on a 30 day writing challenge, it’s actually quite common to struggle your second week in? I guarantee you are not alone out there. I myself am still on the struggle bus this month as I got hit with a virus during most of week one. Yeah, to be sick and to write don’t exactly go hand in hand most of the time. This was one of those times for me. However, it’s still far too soon to lose hope. It’s only day nine. Now I would suggest if you are on the struggle, you start carving out solid writing time.

Seriously, make sure you have a schedule and in that schedule make sure you have writing blocks to sit down and write. If you need to turn off the Wi-Fi for a bit so you aren’t distracted by social media or other internet finds. Turn off your phone, turn off or away anything that would pose as a distraction to you during that writing block. As much as I’d love to say writing is all about only working when you are inspired the most – it’s not. You need to be able to make time for yourself as a writer and prepare your mind that, during this set time, you’re writing and the rest of the world will continue to go round without you for a while.

Remember, you got this. I know you do. I know I do too and we can power through this month and reach our goals together. You still have plenty of time. You just may need to be making sure that you’re giving yourself enough of it and allowing yourself a distraction free setting to focus on getting in the words, hours, lines, or whatever your writing goal is this month. I’m still here if you need a personal cheerleader. Hit me up in the comments below, by e-mail (via the contact page), by snail mail (address on contact page). You can even hit me up on my social media. I will happily take the time to cheer you on personally this month.

Don’t give up! It’s far too early still to allow yourself to become pessimistic about reaching the end goal.

XOXO, Jane

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