The past week has been very challenging for me. I fought hard to catch up with #NaNoWriMo, and for a couple of days my Muse was wild and active. Then the day approached for my Nanna’s funeral. I am very fortunate to have reached the age of 33 and still have all four of my grandparents living at home. I have given thanks for my blessed life when it comes to loving family. Now, however, the grief is hitting me very hard. My urge to write the novel has all but died, and yet I feel the urge to write something poetic and meaningful, although I do not know what.
My Nan was incredibly proud of my writing achievements. She always asked what I was working on, After her funeral, when we attended the wake, I found myself meeting with distant relatives that I hadn’t seen since I was a little girl. They all knew about my books, and they all told me about how Nan kept them informed of my activities (alongside the Facebook updates from those that see me online). I find myself wavering between the desire to give up and call this year’s #NaNoWriMo a failure due to circumstance, and the burning need to continue with my novel, to complete the challenge, and to make my Nan proud, wherever she has moved on to now. You all know how this will turn out… see you at the finish, my Wrimo friends!
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I’m sure she’ll be cheering you on.
Definitely she would want you to carry on writing. Take courage from her inspiration. It’s a wonderful thing to take heart from all those who have gone before, and who believed in you and were proud of what you have accomplished so far and will accomplish in the future.
Can you perhaps write about how your feel or have your protagonist grieve for someone. You are lucky to have known your Nan, I only knew one of my grannies and she died when I was young too.
Do try and keep going with Nanowrimo!