I’d be lying if I said the previous month has been good to me in terms of working on my novel. It has been difficult. Difficult is an understatement to be honest as I had so many expectations to write. To build on my story and watch it come alive. To finally create magic through adding more and more pages of beautiful storytelling. None of this happened. I mean, I did get some work done and, every single day I am trying to find a little bit of time to build on what I’ve written so far. But one thing I’ve learned over the years that I’ve been working on this novel and trying to enhance myself as a writer is the importance of having a healthy mind before sitting down to create a story. My emotional and mental wellbeing is so important and if this previous month has shed light on anything, it is this. My story is being written in my mind everyday but I need to work on myself, my emotions and my mind before I can work on my story. I know that I’ll finish my story one day. I have to. I want to. But I also know that I need to take each day as it comes rather than have unrealistic expectations of getting a certain amount of words written per day without knowing what the day brings with It. I need to understand that aside from being a writer I am a person with feelings, struggles and experiences that sometimes thwart my ability to write, and write well. I need to understand that often as artists we get so caught up our day-to-day lives that we have to make our art secondary. And it’s hard because my art is the sole reason for my existence. My story keeps me going each day. My dream keeps me alive. But each day I find myself tangled in more webs that pull me away from working on my art. I need to work on myself first and as I’m working on myself, my art will resurface too. I guess this post is a reminder for you all as well as myself that living as a creative person is often a huge struggle, and sometimes it becomes hard to balance life’s responsibilities alongside one’s dream. But it is not impossible. And I need to remind myself this each day so that I know not to stray. So that I can remember to stay focussed. It is not impossible. It is not impossible.