Gratitude

Writing is hard. Or so my students sometimes think.  I am thankful to see them bent over their laptops, furiously trying to reach their 30,000 words by December 4th (our class deadline for their NaNoWriMo entries).  Several students are pitted against each other to see who can rise to the top before November 30th.

Today I achieved 50,000 words in my second novel.  It is a mess, it rambles, it twists, it meanders.  I brim with gratitude for all the experiences that allowed me to write this second novel, even if it goes nowhere.

In Start by Jon Acuff, he mentiones that when we find our passion it is something we would do, even if we weren’t paid.  He is right.  If I never make a single, solitary cent off of my writing (which I, naturally, hope isn’t the case) I would still do it.  I bank the hours, work multiple projects, re-arrange my schedule, have even temporarily given up dancing (something I love) to explore my passion.

My house is a neglected mess, laundry piling up, Christmas presents still not wrapped to send abroad, filing to my right and a broken lens to my left.  I ignore it all in order to meet those self-imposed deadlines that weigh on my mind morning and night.

I cannot say thank you enough and I probably never will to everyone who has joined me on this journey from my co-workers at my school, friends abroad, and fellow writers on the Word Cloud.

50,000 words today, a book published yesterday.  There is a lot to be grateful for.

The latest finished project is here: http://www.blurb.com/books/4797743-sakura-dreams

Thanks for stopping by!

11 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. i like how you chase your passion but i dont think i could because i dont think i could give up something for another thing which im more interested in because i loved it mainly because i cant comit to it.

  2. you chase your love with a burning passion that i’ve never seen before! i’m glad to say that because of you i have been inspired to write my own novel, and i’ll try not to give up. thanks for the help and i look up to you as a writer!

  3. Ms.Jensen i love that your doing something that you enjoy and being good at it , your an succesful author , and any agent should be dying to have your novels published .You have made me see what writing is about i never enjoyed writing but , you made me know what writing is really about . Thank You

  4. I love how you can write none stop even as you watch the room around you turn to a complete mess! I would get distracted and simply have to clean or I wouldn’t be able to focus on writing!

  5. you are deserving of such praise ms. jensen because even when people said no this book isnt any good or this isnt going to get published you kept on going and not one but two of your books got published despute all odds, and don’t let anyone tell you that you are’nt a great writer, i’ve read your stuff and your amazing!
    Keep on writing
    –Matthew

  6. Congratulations on your 50 thousand words and writhing can be hard for young adolescents it just makes us stronger have a nice break

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