from the yellow sofa

Reflecting On NaNoWriMo Week One

From The Yellow Sofa

By Carl Nickles

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It’s been a week since NaNoWriMo began and I am definitely behind on word count and content.  I’d be lying if I said that it wasn’t just a little discouraging.  However, I have made progress and I’ve been happy with the progress I have made.  But there are a few things that I’ve learned in this short amount of time:

1. I wish I had been more prepared.  Preparation has always worked for me in the past.  I believe it would have worked for me now (had I done it).  Writing by the seat of my pants is unsettling.  There are certainly lessons to be learned from this process, but it is definitely not my ideal method.  There is enough that I DON’T know about my story at this point without having a plan/outline from which to work.

2. Write everyday and don’t edit along the way.  I published a blog about writing crap.  That’s arguably the majority of any first draft.  A first draft is typically what is being written during NaNoWriMo for many participants.  This is the time for writing, not editing.  The time for cringing at what you have written and then rewriting it comes later.

3. Don’t stress over word count.  It’s always helpful to have a goal - healthy in fact.  Stepping up to challenges help us expand what is attainable that at one time we thought was impossible.    NaNoWriMo, in my opinion,  is a way to get writers writing with the benefit of having an army of other writers by your side.

I have a lot of work ahead of me, but that would be true even if I had planned ahead anyway so I plan on enjoying the process and learning more along the way.  How is NaNoWriMo going for you?  Let me know in the comments.

The Measure Of A Life

FROM THE YELLOW SOFA

By Carl Nickles

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What is your focus and vision for your life?  Are you consistently working on what you want to accomplish, or have you allowed "stuff" such as tasks (urgent but not important or vice versa), poor planning or relationship drama sidetrack you?  They all need attention to some degree, but there needs to be balance.


Focus can help filter out the “stuff” and make room for a purposeful life.  It can aid you in finding the things or people that inspire you.  Focus can make it a little easier for you to resist a difficult situation, walk away from a relationship that no longer serves you, or a busy, reaction-driven schedule that robs you of time.

Strip away the “stuff” and watch your pursuits and the people you choose to make a priority become a testament to a meaningful life.  While the journey is the roadmap of your focus, the vision is the destination in the distance - the end result and your success in your endeavors and the sense of accomplishment.  Over time, with consistency and practice, it will become the narrative of your life.

Make time to focus on yourself every day - This is one of the most unselfish things you can do for yourself.  What do you need for yourself and from yourself?  Focus on what you want - what you really want and pursue it.  Create a vision with the end in mind.  

Repeat.

An Introduction

From The Yellow Sofa

By Carl Nickles

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This post is long overdue, but I wanted to introduce myself and officially welcome all of you to our blog space here at Crescent Sol. In the coming months, we’ll be posting about a variety of different topics ranging from changing habits to exploring minimalism. We’ll also be throwing in the occasional book review as well.

As for myself, my interests include writing, science fiction, music, coding, minimalism, flying - which is my day job (more on that in a later blog) and of course Crescent Sol. I’d like to touch on all of these subjects and more and share our successes (and failures).

While we are primarily a publishing company, my personal goals for our company are for it to grow into an organization that produces relevant and timely content and promotes other writers, thinkers, artists, technology, mindfulness and purposeful living. Welcome, and I hope you enjoy what you see.