NaNoWriMo Day 21: Do I Have To Show Up?

The answer to that question is yes. 

My best friend wrote a blog post yesterday about showing up even when we sometimes don’t feel like it.  She was referring to instances that happen within life but primarily she was speaking of showing up to the keyboard even when you don’t feel like writing.  I am guilty of not showing up when I really just don’t feel like it.  I make many excuses about just needing time for my brain to decompress or about the ideas not coming to me, or at least not in the manner I would like them to.  Sometimes it’s simply just because I would rather read or worse, watch something on the TV.  That is unacceptable of me.  Me, who wants to eventually earn a spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list.  Me, who wants to become as famously known as Joyce Carol Oates, Zane, Maya Angelou, Terry McMillan, Mary B. Morrison, James Patterson, Eric Jerome Dickey, and Sue Grafton.  Me, who wants to be able to pump out, at minimum, seven to eightbooks a year, more if possible.  Me, who wants to build my brand and create a whole new Media empire and put out a new online magazine (Write 2 Be Magazine) at the beginning of next year.  I have way too many things that I want to do in my life and there are not enough hours as it is to do them in so I can not afford to NOT show up. 

I am very thankful for my best friend, Ms. L. because it seems like she always knows the right things to say and at just the right time that I need to hear them.  She is so inspirational and I don’t think she knows just how much.  It’s good to have people surround you who know what you need to hear and know when to remind you of the things you already knew.  So when I whine to myself about not feeling like writing and I ask myself (in the most whiny voice possible) ‘Do I have to?’, the answer will from now on be YES!  Because I know what I need to do and what I have to do to accomplish it and I just simply cannot afford not to Show Up.  Until next time…Show up to your keyboard everyday, you won’t be sorry, I promise! 


Jimmetta Carpenter


The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”


2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Day 21: Do I Have To Show Up?”

  1. This is so true! Good luck with Nanowrimo. 50,000 words can be tough, but you’ll have so much material to shape by the end of the month.
    Now following you from MBC.

    1. Thank you Christine for following. Yes 50,000 words can be tough, especially near the end of the month. Thankfully I am almost there (32,000+) but the hard part starts when November is over and it is editing time. Thanks again for your support and I am heading over to your blog to check it out now!

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