To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Day 6 of Nano and I’m already several thousand words behind.
I wanted to write a story, a real novel. But it wasn’t happening; my journaling voice kept taking over. I knew the story I wanted to tell was based on my experiences, so when I read Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried -explaining the difference in story-truth and happening-truth- I thought, I will do it that way.
I have 24 days left to find another 43,ooo words, and I am letting my pen take the lead. I will dig to the core of this story, The Gift of a Second Chance, using my journal voice. For now. I accept that.