Saying No

This year my husband and I have tried to say no. 

I was giving myself a hard time about not finishing Camp NaNoWriMo. I ended up deciding it was too much and focused on the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Diverse Worlds Grant instead. 

When I let my crit. partner, Richmond Camero,  know that I didn’t enter a different contest he said what I needed to hear. 

As writers in this busy world, it’s okay to say no and focus on our priorities.

I’ve read that our lives should be story factories and that if it doesn’t help build the story it doesn’t belong.

Working on my synopsis today felt very satisfying. I know there’s plenty of work left and yet can’t wait to start the next book. 

I still need to focus on what’s at hand and finish what I’m working on. Not only do I need to say no to contests and other projects, I have to also say no to myself starting anything new. This is where I stopped NaNoWriMo this to me. I’ll finish that story later but Threads of Fate is the focus now. 

Writing isn’t the only area of my life that I’ve had to say no in. Knowing my limits and honoring them are two different things. 

0 Replies to “Saying No”

  1. “No” always struck me as selfish.I spent the first 40 years of my life saying yes, it wasn’t until I started writing again that “no” became a possibility. Funny how that works. 🙂

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