“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”     — Henry David Thoreau:

“Things that can be done at any time are often done at no
time” says the wise and inspiring Gretchen Rubin.  For me, that sentence seems to hold a lot of
truth.  Think about where you live for
example.  There are fabulous things to do
in the place you live, but because they are close by and you can do it anytime,
often, you don’t do them at all. 
I think it is the same with goals or things we want to
achieve in our lives.  I have always
wanted to write, and that is how this blog came about.  I’m very happy writing away, sharing thoughts
and stories with you all.  But I’ve
always dreamt of writing a novel.  It has
been something that I have always thought I could do….someday.  Well, the time is now!  I don’t want all my “someday’s” to slip by
and never make the time to do it.  So in
an effort to be creative, and connect to who it is that I want to be, I’m going
to give it a go. 
So why now?  I have
always wanted to do it.  I feel like
right now I have the space to try.  It
seemed a bit serendipitous that I discovered Bullet Journaling, started
following a few random BuJo’ers, and three of them mentioned NaNoWriMo (which I
had never heard of before). 
National Novel Writing Month (http://nanowrimo.org/)
is an annual event, where for each day for the month of November, you commit to
writing 1,667 words.  At the end of the
month, you have yourself a 50,000 word novel (which is about the length of The Great Gatsby – challenging but
achievable).  There is a supportive community online with
other writers who are taking up the challenge, so you don’t feel like you are
doing it alone. 
What a great idea! 
Just four weeks commitment and I might achieve a goal I’ve had for a
long time.  I want my children to see
that you can achieve what you want to out of life.  I am trying to teach my perfectionist son
that it is ok to just give it a go, do your best, even if what comes out of it isn’t
worthy of public consumption!  Maybe, I
can inspire someone else to have a go at something they have been putting off
until “the right time”.  The right time
is now everyone! 
I am under no illusions that it will be easy.  I am going to have to sacrifice other
activities in order to achieve 50,000 words. 
However, I really, really am keen to give it a go.  I just want to know if I can actually write
that many words!  I’m not even sure yet
what it is that my novel will be about, I plan to just sit and write each day
and see what comes.  I’ve read some books
by authors who plan their novel from the beginning, but I think for this first
go, I’m just going to wing it.  Who knows….
Maybe my 50,000 words will be the beginnings of a number of novels.  I’m not sure exactly where the month will
take me, but I’m very much looking forward to giving it a red hot go!  Even if nothing spectacular comes out of this
first month of writing, it will set up a good writing habit for me that might
lead to something better. 
So if I’m a bit quieter than usual, please forgive me! 
Vintage Black and white photography:
Photo credit from masaism.tumblr.com

Normally I would be a bit quiet about this kind of challenge
and not share that I was planning to do it with the world.  I guess we all face the fear of failure, and
often I think it doesn’t matter if I fail and I’m the only one to know about
it.  I have recently discovered that I am
an Obliger in Gretchen Rubin’s 4 Tendencies framework (see this post about it
here or go to her website here).  Rubin’s
book Better than Before outlines the
four tendencies and strategies that might be helpful for each in building and
maintaining habits.  I really enjoyed the
book and have found it useful in knowing myself better and finding ways to make
life easier. 
Obligers have no trouble meeting external accountability,
but find it difficult to meet inner expectations (so we are awesome at meeting
work deadlines, but find it hard to keep our own New Year’s resolutions).  Rubin suggests one of the ways for Obligers
to succeed is to impose external accountability on themselves (join Weight Watchers
if you are trying to lose weight, go to the gym with a friend if you are trying
to be fitter, be in a book club if your goal is to read more etc.).  And that is why I have signed up to NaNoWriMo
and am sharing my goal here.  I have to
regularly check in with NaNoWriMo informing them of my word count, and I will
do the same with you here with a weekly post about how I am going.  Feel free to message me or comment on the
blog to keep me accountable and encourage me to keep going.     I am
really hoping Rubin is right and that having this external accountability will
be the thing that makes this new habit stick. 
I am imposing a rule on myself this month to never miss two
days of writing in a row.  Sometimes,
life gets in the way, and I just won’t be able to get it done.  If I miss more than one day, it will be just
too hard to catch up and I will likely stop. 
So please encourage me to keep up the momentum! 
I would love to hear what are things are on your list to do
anytime/sometime?  Want to join me in
committing to doing it sometime in November? 
Do you have any ideas for plot lines for my novel?  Or interesting characters you would like to
see feature in the story?  Would you like
to join in NaNoWriMo with me?  Comment
below or on the Creative Calm Connected Facebook page. 
Until next time,

E xx