Cutting the Cloth to Suit the Coat

November 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Posted in Mental Health, Writing, Writing and Life | Leave a comment
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It is the evening of the last day of November today here in Australia (though it may just be starting in other parts of the world).  And it is the last day of NaNoWriMo.

Many people, all over the world have thrown themselves into their manuscripts, aiming for that 50,000-word jackpot. They have scrimped and saved their time so they can write. They have gone without and pushed aside temptation in order to write more words, get the characters and the setting and the plot outlined and moving towards a completed work.

Just to commit oneself to such a goal is a big thing, and I wonder how many of them have made it. However many it was, I hope that they are satisfied with their output, whether it was 20,000 or 60,000 words. I also hope that those who wanted to commit but didn’t don’t feel like failures.

I didn’t commit, although I wanted to give myself that push to write more than I have ever done before in such a short time. I knew I couldn’t make it – post-cancer medications and regular bouts of depression would see to that, so I didn’t even try.

However, I did accomplish something I have been trying to do for the last six months. As well as more regular blog entries, I have written two more chapters (about 3,000 words) in my follow-up novel to Ben’s Challenge. And I have also begun another chapter.

To me, that is a real achievement, and I am pleased with what I have done this November. We have to cut the coat to suit the cloth.

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