Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow
Today is Day 183 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.
Half of the year is in our rear-view mirror. Did you write yesterday? Have you completed 1/2 of your annual writing goal? Perhaps your January forecast bears no resemblance to what has happened so far. There is no shame or blame to assign if the pandemic and ensuing issues have decimated your schedule, messed with your mind, and derailed your fondest dreams. Or have your creative sessions expanded? Is your motivation surpassing your expectations? Are your ideas flowing fast and furious? Either way, today offers a marvelous opportunity to reevaluate, determine where you are in relation to your goals, and adjust your plan so you can continue to move forward.
July will be an odd month. Most of the normal 4th of July Celebrations, picnics, festivals, and parades have been canceled. I’m not sure how comfortable most of us would be in attending those events when going to the grocery store presents a risk. The silver lining is we are adapting to online conferences for learning, critiquing, book clubs, and shared family dinners. We are gaining unique experiences, struggling with challenges, growing, and internalizing arcs that we can apply to stories and characters. Inspiration lurks where we least expect it.
Whether your realigned creative endeavors focus on brighter days, eliminating now impractical past practices, altering long-lived traditions, or embracing unexpected habits, I hope you find meaning this month. Moving into uncharted territory is reason enough to celebrate.
Try it and let us know how you did in the comments below.
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer