NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 16: Feeling Lost Yet?

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“They make glorious shipwreck who are lost in seeking worlds” – Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

My favorite moment in any story I write is the one where I find myself lost inside of it. It’s a strange phenomenon, but when it’s working, there comes a moment when everything seems to click and the story becomes my whole world. It’s what’s on my mind at any given moment, and occupies my thoughts on waking and before I drift off to sleep. Even when I’m busy with other things, it is never far from me.

Have you found that feeling yet? The one that tells you the path you’re on is the right one? It is different for everyone, but we should be finding that by this point. It’s part of falling in love with our story, which we’ve hopefully done by now. We’re heading into the tough times, when the glitter of “new” has worn off and enthusiasm may have waned slightly. This week’s theme is perseverance, getting through the hard bits when we’re so far from the beginning – and almost equally as far from the end. Real life may be pressing on us more now because next week is Thanksgiving here in the states, a time to gather with family and relations. Phone calls may be going out for times, whose house it’s going to be, what you’re supposed to bring, and, oh, lord, you’re going to have to deal with those relatives or in-laws.

Doesn’t getting lost in your story sound so much more fun?

If you’re struggling because enthusiasm is at a low ebb at the moment, take some time today and think about what it was that told you that you needed to write this story at this time. Try to find that kernel of magic and embrace it. Maybe you’ve gotten of track and need to alter your course slightly. If you’re truly lucky, the shoals of a new and exciting world lie ahead, beckoning onward.

Remember what brought you to this place, and let’s get lost today.

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