When I planned today’s blog, I had an idea of wrapping up the outline vs. plot series, but as I began to write it changed focus and I discovered something that has been really important to me the past couple of years and never more so then the past couple months. I wanted to share with you as I think it is one of the biggest tools you can have in your toolbox. A support system! Everyone needs one. Not everyone has one. Yet!
Two weeks! What? That’s right people we are about 2 weeks away from NaNo http://nanowrimo.org/. Time always seems to fly when prepping for Nano, and this year especially. Because this year also included getting ready for my son’s wedding (He insisted I make the wedding cake!), big changes in the day job with lots of extra educational classes, and trying to edit the rest of a manuscript that has been requested and in a timely manner. We won’t even get into the usual distractions that can happen in life since we all know there can be a lot.
Needless to say it is easy to get overwhelmed and lose sight of your goal, or even the once in a life time events that are taking place. I have, and chances are, I will again. Sometimes in those instances when you are so overwhelmed, it is easier to think about giving up then accomplishing everything on your list and coming out the other side of it. In the end, if writing, or whatever other goal you might be pursuing is a passion, it is something you cannot do. At least if you plan on looking yourself in the mirror every morning and be happy with whom you see. We all know our goals and dreams are a deep integral part of who we are at the core. People who say they don’t have any are either lying to themselves or everyone else.
In the end it is about pulling on your big girl boots and wading forward into the fray, into life, and into your dreams and making them a reality no matter what life throws your way. Will there be setbacks? Undoubtedly! Will there be obstacles? Absolutely! But surrounding yourself with a good support system, with people who have similar dreams and goals can be a life preserver when you feel like you’re drowning in everything else life throws your way. They can keep you on track, or get you back on the road when you go over the edge. I have a group of writer friends who are that support system for me, and I am ever so grateful for them! They sometimes even help me to pull my big girl boots back on when I lose them. Do you? If you do, go thank them! If you don’t have one yet, start gathering one. Even one person who supports your vision and that you can return the favor for is worth everything in this journey.
Without this support group I would have never finished my first book, or be submitting another, or be ready to begin Nano. So make it a priority to find one. Between Lori and I we know several organizations and groups if you don’t know where to start. So feel free to comment and ask on where to get started. And if you have a support group that has been amazing for you, we would love to hear about them and what they’ve done for you.
I am adding a picture of the wedding cake I made for my son because I promised a couple people I would share. But keep in mind folks this is a naked wedding cake. No! Not any naked body parts LOL. That is just what they call this new type of rustic cake.