This year, this is going to be the fourth and last post of April 2018. Wait, shouldn´t they be 26 and not 4?
It has been a very complicated month for many of us fellow writers. Camp NaNoWriMo, A to Z challenge, added to any other Twitter, Instagram or Facebook writing challenge you gladly name. and of course, many of us have already works in progress and a deadline due to expire pretty soon.
Everyone has a story to share, I´m writing from my own experience.
How many of us, talking as a community of friendly writers reached it till the end?
How many also had to quit, willingly or not because of their former engagements? and how do we actually feel about it?
I´ve made my mind about it, and the rest of stuff that has happened to me lately.
And I don´t feel bad.
This actually came as a surprise to me. As I had been a depression sufferer for years now, I´ve come to accept myself the way I am. This is sometimes the most difficult stage for everyone. Does to accept oneself mean to think that you can´t never change? Does it mean you can justify yourself? Or to wail about the bad luck lot that you had to endure during your existence?
It doesn´t have to be like that. Life´s not easy. We get it. Everyone has their own challenge. its the resilience in us that teaches us how to get up every time we fall down. And now we have a good lot of scars to show and be proud of. Those show in fact that we were able to stand up, to defeat our fears. To rise again and again.
I´m not a quitter.
At the end of March I wanted to do so many projects, I didn´t know I wanted to bite more than I could chew: there was this Illustrated Short Story Course I entered, and the April A to Z Challenge. There was just this minute problem: no blog.
Everyone who has a blog knows that a good working blog can´t be made in one day. Now I know. Now I also know that juggling three new projects is not the way to responsibly start a writing career. Moreover, I now know that lack of sleep, constant stress and a huge amount of work aren´t good for migraine. And depression. But after I reached the bottom a change of mind finally came. It is not as easy as it sounds though, it really needed a lot of introspective.
What a week before seemed like a great failure to my eyes, is now a flowing collection of tiny but noticeable steps in a road to success. Do you want to make the math with me?
First of all, there is this Course I´m taking: I´ve made and finished a very short illustrated story, that I hope to load soon here.
Second, I also submitted it to the Blank Page Challenge. Even if I didn´t win, it gave a great feeling to submit my first finished story in my life.
Third, there is this blog I have created with 8 blog posts (now 9), some were old and in a difficult to reach home page, but now they are here, for everyone to see – and I hope – to enjoy.
Fourth, of everything I learned in this April, I have also finished a new story that had brewing in my mind for years: Space Unicorn. Moreover, now I´m making its storyboard, so I hope to carefully illustrate it, and before of the year, publish it. I´m working hard to make it happen, and soon, I promise to show you the first sketches from this loved steampunk story.
Now that I look back and see that my hands aren´t empty, I know April has been a good month. And this is something to feel grateful about.
If you had Submitted all your 26 AprilA2Z posts, or if you hadn´t given up this month in your writer´s path, you deserve this yummy Star Cookie.
If you had reached till the end of this post with me, I´d love to hear about all good or bad that April brought to you. Or if you feel like it, just to say hi. 🙂
PS: I´d thank also to some of the bloggers I´ve followed this month and also won an extra cookie.