Something to Help You Breathe

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Many of you know that this month I’m racing to write 50,000 words of a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month. This kind of personal challenge requires dedication, dedication which I was worried I didn’t have. This fear was part of the reason why when I participated in the past, I wasn’t looking to ‘win’; I was just hoping to use the NaNo spirit to get ahead with my writing without setting any kind of word count goals. But this time around, something has changed.

My first day of NaNoWriMo this year, I sat in the chair for more than two hours straight, squeezing the ideas out of my head and onto paper. I didn’t have any sort of outline and the story in my mind was very vague, so that first writing session of NaNo was quite painful. But I made it. I reached the word goal for that day. The following day, I broke up my writing to two different sessions, making the effort more endurable. I haven’t missed a day of writing this month. And I think I’ve hit the daily word goal each day so far. Once I finish my writing for today, I’ll have reached 25,000 words – half the goal. Right on track! And I am loving it!

Not only am I loving it, but I feel better this month. I feel good, physically and emotionally. I’m in a better mood than I have been in a while. My kids will tell you I’ve been yelling at them less. (Well, they may not admit it… but don’t believe them!) And although I still go out or see friends rarely, I don’t feel lonely.

It might just be that I’m so busy trying to reach the daily goal that I have no time to be moody or feel lonely. But I don’t think that’s it. I think I’m in a good mood because I’m busy doing something I love.

So if you’re stuck in an emotional rut, find something you love to do, and do it. Do it for hours at a time. I enjoy writing, but you may like to draw… or paint… or read or swim or walk or…whatever. As long as you love it (and it doesn’t harm you or anyone else), spend your time doing what you love, and you’ll find that you will actually breathe easier.

And I’d just like to give a shout out to all those NaNoers who work full time or who are students. And a double shout out to those of you who work AND have kids to deal with! Kudos to you all!

(Thank you for reading. If you’re interested in reading some of my fiction, I invite you to join my tribe. Not only will you be kept up-to-date with discounts and deals on my books, you’ll get to read the first chapter of Behind Picket Fences, annnnnddd… if you join before Thursday Nov. 16, 2017, you’ll receive the first character interview for my work in progress. I love writing these character interviews, and my fans love reading them. So please, come be a part of my tribe.)


5 thoughts on “Something to Help You Breathe

  1. Liv Miles says:

    What a motivational post! It can be hard to balance working, running a home, taking care of kids and writing. Much of my wordcount has been achieved with my newborn daughter in my lap. That’s just the way it goes:)

    • hendhegazi says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Liv. And yes, you’re totally right: we have to get those words in how and when we can. Today as I wrote, my seven year old daughter was whining for me to give her the answer to one of her homework questions. When I wouldn’t answer, she kept yelling, “What’s more important: your writing or your kids?!” I was like, “Oh, sweetie…that’s no contest. My writing of course!” No, I didn’t *actually* say that, but I came *this* close!
      Congrats on your baby girl. Hope she turns out to be less of a punk than mine!

  2. Aisha Id says:

    First of all, congratulations on this great achievement. MashAllah. Wish you lots more success. Even though I knew this I wasn’t doing it lately as I am stressing about a lot of things and now after reading your post it feels real. I will go back to doing what I enjoy.

    About NaNoWriMo, I didn’t write much, not more than a couple of 1000 words, but whatever days of November are left I will make sure I utilize them to write my novel, Insha Allah.

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