Thursday, 4 June 2015

When You Have Momentum, Go With It!

You may have gathered that I've been rather busy lately and you probably assumed that I'm not looking for more projects to tackle. You're half right — I wasn't looking for another project, but when one found me... I have signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo!

I have done NaNoWriMo in the past, which takes place during November each year, but this is my first Camp. It's taking place throughout July and my personal target is to finish the current draft of my WIP, a psychological thriller novel. I estimate that this will involve adding at least 70,000 words to the several thousand I already have. The novel has a complicated history: it started life with a different point of view, narration and less focused plot. I abandoned it for about a year because it wasn't working and I couldn't work out how to fix it, then the answer came when I was trying to start a different novel. I'm more confident about the reincarnation of the novel, but think Camp NaNoWriMo will give me the motivation needed to actually finish a draft.

I have some momentum back in my life now, which hasn't been the case for a long time. Perhaps I'm putting too much pressure on myself, but I believe it's vital for me to go with the momentum and strive to achieve my goals. The alternative is bemoaning lost opportunities and wondering if I would have been successful had I thrown myself into my plans 100% — I'd rather fail by not living up to my expectations than by being too scared to take action.

Momentum is an important element of Kaizen, which is the subject of the next Scatterbrain Guide I'm working on. Small changes accumulate and beget more changes. Often, bigger changes arise from making the tiniest of tweaks. The power of momentum is due to a few things:

1. Making the initial change is the most difficult step; subsequent changes take less effort.
2. Getting results from the initial changes boosts your confidence and encourages you to make more and bigger changes.
3. The initial changes often produce more opportunities or make you aware of more opportunities.

You get used to the insecurity of trying new things and start to enjoy the excitement. You realise that you have the ability to change your life.

If you build up any momentum in your life, go with it — search for opportunities, make extra tweaks, plan bigger changes. Going along with momentum is easy; once it stops, those changes become much harder to implement.

4 comments:

  1. Good for you, Hayley - you're on a good roll. I'm hoping to start reading your book on my kindle while away on a short break.

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    1. Thanks, Rosemary — especially for the huge role you have played in encouraging me to make changes and get the momentum rolling!

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  2. YEAH Camp NaNoWriMo! Best of luck to you, for sure. I intend to do.....something....for it. At the moment, I've kind of lost momentum with my larger projects (though I have still been fiddling with finishing shorts, editing some, etc.), and a NaNoWriMo is traditionally good for me for a jumpstart.

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I could definitely use the extra motivation to get the novel drafted — I find it difficult to get going and start questioning myself and overthinking everything, so having an intense period of writing won't leave me any time for all of that!

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