Set Backs

I have to apologize.

I do!

Rienspel was supposed to release on Halloween, but... it's the second of November (as I first write this, anyways) and still no Rienspel. So I'm saying I'm sorry here. There's technical delays which need to be fixed - but I promise, Rienspel is coming as soon as humanly possible. (In fact, it is now here! Huzzah!)

When you're writing, set-backs happen.

This year, I decided I'm going to participate in #NanoWriMo!

(That's National Writing Month, for those who don't know) The idea is everything November you're challenged to write a book (first draft, anyways) in a month. For some (including yours truly), this sounds daunting. Intimidating! I mean, I'm pretty sure I've read about giants who were friendlier!

-But that's beside the point.

The point is, you can do it! It can be done, and now is every year, in November. So what does this have to do with set-backs?


Set-backs are often linked to limitations. There's something (real or otherwise) which prevents us from getting something done - pulling the trigger - attempting the impossible. We have quiet, sneaking assumptions which live inside us about what can and cannot be done, in actuality. When it comes to writing, especially, it's super-easy to say you're going to write such and such - it's mindlessly simple to blather about this latest project or that latest story idea... but quiet another thing to actually sit down, on a regular basis, and write.

When you sit down to write, everything else you might need to do - whether it's paying a bill or making a 'quick' snack - come pouring into your head. These are set-back traps. These are the little beginnings of limitations which, if fed and indulged, grow into monsters which squash our stories.

A few months ago, whilst browsing Imgur, I made friends with a Norwegian writer, Hanne Pollack. She was the one who really sold me on the whole NanoWriMo thing. I was suspicious at first. The whole 'write a book in a month' thing sounded too much like a gimmick...


Look, I'm happy if I can pop off 1k words in one hour of sitting before I get too distracted or anxious, and feel the screeching need to get up and do something else. 1k words per day is, after all, the prescribed minimum the illustrious Stephen King recommends in his