Behind and It’s Okay

Posted: November 22, 2018 in books, Thoughts on art ministry and life

So at the beginning of the month, I started in on NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. I am writing my first work of fiction, a Christian youth/young adult novel about a boy who is largely an outcast with a passion and a talent for art, no it’s not an autobiography, though there might be a little bit of Dave in Max. I’m really excited about it. NaNoWriMo is essentially a challenge to finish a 50,000 word novel or at least the first draft of it, in the 30 days of November.

I was going great guns up to about 25,000 words, then I hit a snag. Well it wasn’t really a snag, but I got really busy. I’ve been helping my son create a theater set for a community theater and I am a pastor at one of the busiest times of the year, not to mention working on my masters. Bottom line, I’m about 10,000 words behind and there’s a good chance I won’t finish by the end of November. What should I do? Well there was a time where that would mean I would give up, but the truth is, I’m really happy with how this project is coming together. The other alternative (the one that I am doing by the way) is to press on, doing what I can, while finishing my other projects. I may not be able to finish a novel in a month, but I felt led by God to do it, and I will finish it and, with God’s help, I will publish it.

For most of my life writing a book seemed to be an unattainable goal, until I did it. Likewise a novel seemed the same way, but half way through I am finding it a lot of fun. To finish in a month, I’d need to do just over 1600 words a day, but the truth of the matter is at a rate of 500 words a day, a feat almost anyone can do, I can finish in just under three months. Bottom line, I really want to finish it, and I will, but at the end of the day, getting behind on a self-imposed deadline is less important than serving my church and serving my son. It’s okay to fall behind on projects for something more important, that’s called priorities. It’s just not okay to quit. Keep at it.

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