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“Faith is really your consent to let your own uniqueness unfold and to let that which is attracted by your uniqueness manifest in your life. Thus when Jesus said, “All things are possible to those who believe,” he did not say that a swan can become a duck or that a nonmusical person can become a concert pianist. You cannot become something that is not the outforming of your own inner potential. You can only be you. However you can unfold more of the you that may have been long frustrated.” ~ Eric Butterworth from Spiritual Economics

It seems to me that the process of writing is partly the process of unfolding ourselves.  We discover things we didn’t know, we learn, we grow, we develop skills we didn’t know were possible for us.

Think about the tremendous amount of dedication and discipline it takes to begin with an idea and turn it into a novel.  All those battles you fight with yourself, for example, over whether you’re capable of doing this, whether you have enough talent, or whether it might just be a more rational  activity to put an empty cereal box over your head and walk around town.  Of course there are the altogether different writing battles – the ones where you choose to put in writing time over watching TV or hanging out with friends or reading somebody else’s novel.  

By the time you’ve completed an entire manuscript, you’ve grown as a person.  It’s inevitable.  And if you then engage in the process of publication, you’re entering a whole new growth spurt: learning to manage rejection, how to take risks, how to self promote without becoming either a quivering mass of jelly or an insufferable, pretentious, dolt.

So, today I salute us all – from the writer at the beginning stages of an Idea, to those in the throes of the creative process; from the pour soul submitting that first query with so much hope and optimism to those of us a little more jaded by multiple rejections.  I salute the published among us, who heroically continue the same cycle with more at stake.  And while I’m at it, to all of the agents and publishers out there, persevering under a storm of queries in the face of this economic crisis (not that any of you are reading my blog)  – thank you for all that you do.

In my small corner of the writing world, I continue to persevere.   Current word totals toward the goals I’ve set:

Swimming North: 65000

Losaria:  21532

If you’re playing along with the challenge, check in and let us know how you’re doing.

Confession time:  I did not write one single word yesterday.  Did not look at either of the Works in Progress.  Didn’t really even think about them.  

Worked all day.  Crisis stuff kept me out most of the evening.  And winding through it all the sort of headache that shies away from computer screens or any light emitting source.  Swallowed a lot of Tylenol, Ibuprofen and Aspririn in unhealthy amounts to get me through the work day, and as soon as the crisis phone permitted, I went directly to bed.

I am inclined to call myself names this morning, including things like ‘weanie’ and ‘wussie’ but that is cruel and uncalled for.  Truly, the best thing I could have done for myself and my stories was betake my miserable body to bed and try to sleep it off.  

Today is another day.  The Evil Headache is still lurking, but I don’t intend to indulge it too much.  Hey, it’s a Day Off.  Even if I can’t think straight, I can at least work on re-typing the young adult novel.

So – here’s to character creation and world building and quirky ideas.  Keep your fingers moving. And your muses happy.  Here’s your quote for the day:

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Crisis wins over writing today, but it’s all job related crisis and half planned for, so I’m okay with that.  I did get a little writing done on Swimming North at 6 am, before I went t0 work – not sure of the count but it was close to a 1000 words.

Then I went to work, and didn’t get home until now, 9:30 pm.  As I have no guarantees of sleeping through the night – that crisis phone lurks, and could ring any time and drag me out of bed – I’m not staying up to write.  I’m reminding myself that a writing day is coming, and that I have chances to pick up the slack before my deadline smacks me in the nose.

The muse, by the way, has been very busy in the interim, as she has a way of doing when I don’t actually have time to write.  I foresee an entire different ending to this book – and not a happy one.  Sigh.  I will see to it that somebody gets a happy ever after, but I do hate killing off my favorite characters.

How goes the battle for the rest of you?

Just a quick check in – how are the writing goals progressing for everybody?

So far, I’m on track.  Managed to get the time in on the YA novel this morning by skipping Yoga.  I can’t do that every morning, but maybe tomorrow I can do Yoga and skip the Morning Pages.  Takes some creative juggling to really get things done.

And tonight, even though I was totally not in the mood, and there was no quiet place to be found anywhere in this house, I plugged in the head phones and plowed ahead on Swimming North.  Exceeded my goal by a couple of hundred words, including a fix to something I wrote yesterday that needed tweaking.

The next couple of days are going to be challenging, as I work the days and am on call both nights, but I’ve got a little bit of padding built in from today, and Thursday I’m off to play catch up.

Report in, if you like.  Need some motivation or cheerleading?  Or just want to tell us how awesome you are?  That’s what we’re here for.

May your fingers be untiring and your muses caffeinated and full of their favorite snacks.

Totals: Losaria – 19,000/50k;  Swimming North – 62,486/100k