Remember what you want

His father had given him the journal shortly after he left—how long ago now? Three years?—and had, in white-out, written the words “WANT JOURNAL” on the cover. In this book his father had written as inscription and directive, “Write what you want. Every day, or as often as you can, write what you want. That way, whenever you’re confused or rudderless, you can look to this book, and be reminded where you want to go and what you’re looking for.”

– From Max at Sea by Dave Eggers (basically a partial retelling of Where the Wild Things Are)

I was going to write a different post to go along with that quote, but despite gorgeous weather and a really lovely outing with a coworker, today has turned out kind of crappy. I’ve got sharp shooting pains in my head/neck/shoulder area, I skipped my writers group, and I got in a fight with someone I love. (Two fights, really.)

So instead of that post, which let’s just go ahead and assume would have been both cute and profound, I’ll just sum it up with this:

Obviously I did not hit my 50k in 1 month mark. But I’m not stopping or giving up. September is the new August. I won’t forget my goals, the things that I want. I know where I want to go and what I’m looking for. I will get there, I will find it.

10 responses to “Remember what you want”

  1. Les Avatar

    Give’r hell ;) you can do it.
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  2. Kristan Avatar

    Thanks, Les, that made me smile. :)

  3. Sonja Avatar

    Sorry you had a such a rough day. :(

    Are you planning on posting your word count as you continue to work on your manuscript? Any new goals for this month? Or just letting it ride how it rides?

  4. Kristan Avatar

    Thanks, Sonja.

    I will continue posting word counts (although not today, lol) but I think the goal is to finish that original 50k. Anything else is icing on the cake.

  5. Aurora Avatar

    September is the new August. I like that.

    btw, do you subscribe to all the blogs you read? you always comment so promptly. =P

  6. floreta Avatar

    i like this quote and advice. keep on plugging away :)
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  7. Kristan Avatar

    Pretty much. I’m a Google Reader fiend.


  8. Angie Avatar

    we all love you. Just keep chugging!
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  9. Jon Avatar

    I’m glad I read your blog, because writing is NOT easy. But, hopefully with friends like us, we can give you the motivation to continue! So, keep up with it.
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  10. Kristan Avatar