Keep At It

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She sits, trying to decide where the story should go next. She hasn't had much practice, so the task of compiling 50,000 words in a month is daunting. Today, she's a couple thousand behind the target. But she decides on a direction and starts typing.

It's been two weeks of writing with literary abandon at my house. I've barely managed to keep pace, but if things continue to go well, we'll "win" at NaNoWriMo. This marathon of composition is absolutely a case of steady winning the race. Several of my writing buddies pounded out 3,000 words on their keyboards in the first 24 hours and haven't written a thing since. But my wife is still going strong.


Homeschooling can feel overwhelming. If this is your first year doing it, you may not have a lot of practice with formally teaching your kids at home. But you've already decided on a direction for this year, so keep at it!

If you feel like you're barely hanging on, remember that learning is a life-long journey. Your children don't need to know everything today. Don't burn yourself out trying to do year's worth of material in a week. Instead, focus on the joy of learning together, day by day. Keep at it and you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish, whether is writing a novel in a month or teaching your children Calculus.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester

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