Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.Ralph Waldo Emerson
As some of you will know, I hit 50 163 words on my NaNoWriMo novel yesterday. Hooray!
One of my friends commented that she didn’t know how I found the time. So, I wanted to talk about that briefly today.
How did I find the time to write 50 000 words during my busiest work time of year, and when my husband had hurt his back, was totally incapacitated for most of that month and needed me to take on all his household chores as well as extra carer duties, as well as packing and shipping malas, planners and journals?
How, amid all of that, did I manage to churn out those words?
I moved my morning meditation an hour earlier, and I made sure I was at my desk somewhere between 4am and 5am each morning. Then I wrote until 6am. Sometimes longer, never less.
I found the time, because this was important to me. At a time of year when there were no spare hours left in my days, I chose to get up earlier. This also meant I didn’t watch TV, and I didn’t read at night, or do other things that might keep me up late. I was disciplined, so that I could get enough sleep.
Was it hard?
Yeah, some days. But I didn’t let myself think about it. There was nothing to think about. My eyes opened, I did my morning meditation, and then I was up, showered, changed and at my desk before I could contemplate rolling over and going back to sleep. Going back to sleep wasn’t an option. I knew if I let myself down once I might do it again.
I made the decision that I was going to write because it mattered to me, and because it might be the only time in the day where I did something for myself. That felt good.
And it felt amazing yesterday when I crossed the threshold of 50 000 words, and kept the commitment I had made to myself.
I’m back at my desk this morning, and I’ll keep going now until this book is done.
It hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it.
That’s how it is with most things. It takes commitment. You choose to pay a price, but you do it because the potential payoff makes it worth it. I know this process works, and I know it will work for you too. Decide what you want to do. Set some goals or milestones. Carve out some time. Make that commitment to yourself. Start working on it. Keep turning up. Keep doing the work. Simple.
I can’t wait to share this book with you when I am done.
Love, yawns, fresh coffee, and the commitment to get this finished, Nicole xx
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