Jane Ridgewood

Another Tea Addicted Writer On The Loose!

Oh boy, another snowy Monday here in Michigan. Looking outside it’s hard to fathom we are half way through the month of April. Can you believe we are already on week three now of Camp NaNoWriMo? It may seem like most people who were struggling are possibly making a turn around. It may also seem like a lot of people who were doing great in the first half of the month are starting to lose their oomph. Regardless, you should first note that if all else fails you can absolutely adjust your goal at any time in the month. It’s one of the perks in the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge. However, if you are like me and you are stubbornly hanging on to the goal you already set for yourself (no matter how far behind you may be) then please continue reading as there is something I really need you to know.

You got this. I know I’ve said it before. I also know that I meant it before just as much then as I do now. What I need you to do is look in the mirror and state the words “I got this” to yourself. Nobody needs to witness this, you just need to be able to look yourself in the eye and assure yourself that you have the ability to achieve your goal. Remember, you set that goal for yourself knowing that you could rise to the challenge it presented during this month. You have it in you to achieve that.

Now I fully admit I was on a major struggle bus in the first half of this month. It was literally just yesterday that I had an epiphany (see: Refresh Approach) of what was slowing me down so much. Part of being able to have that epiphany was I took a step back from trying to force myself to focus on my project. For the first time all month (outside of sick days at the beginning), I actually relaxed and didn’t try to sit down and make myself work on my Untitled Horror Project. I took the time to get some much needed re-organizing done in my work space, including writing projects getting organized better in their binders. It was while I was organizing a different project that it hit me what I needed to do for myself to really succeed in this one.

My epiphany yesterday led to some writing that I didn’t plan to do, and I found myself happily typing away. It was the best I felt in working on the novel all month long. So I seriously advice that if you are still struggling, to take a day and don’t plan to write. Just relax and let yourself focus on other things. Be it organizing, cleaning, reading a book, watching a movie, or whatever you need to step away from your project and really clear your mind. Then slowly come back and re-examine where you left off. See if anything sparks inside of you that may hit you to know what you need to do to help yourself.

Please know that you are definitely not alone in the struggle this month. Know that I am so serious that I know you can achieve your goal. You should also know that I’m still here if you need a personal cheerleader. You can e-mail me anytime and I will get back to you a.s.a.p.! You can also hit me up on social media (links down below).

XOXO, Jane

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