There are projects collecting dust on my desk. With each week of the semester that begins, I’m met with more to do and the projects I care about get pushed further and further back on the desktop.
Then comes November, and NaNoWriMo calls. I was not (really) thinking about participating until my husband asked a couple days ago if I was going to write this year. That made me pause and actively think about it. Could this be the way to get my projects moving again? Is this what it takes for me to truly make room in my life for the writing I love?
My curiosity got the best of me when I opened the NaNoWriMo kickoff email this morning. The message was simple:
NaNoWriMo can be challenging, but it can also be full of joy, creative freedom, and a commitment to telling a story that matters to you.E-mail message from NaNoWriMo.org on November 1, 2020
If you’re on the fence about taking the leap amidst everything going on right now, consider just announcing a novel to see how it feels. Title it something like “Let’s See What November Brings.” Write a little bit today.
So here I am, closing the day with dropping in to me oft abandoned blog to announce my project. I’m jumping in for my 6th NaNoWriMo. I will be working toward 50,000 words this month between two projects. The first is a book chapter I have due this summer for a historical volume. The second will be a new novel project that I’m titling, “Making Space for What You Love” for the time being. My goal will be to chronicle my work this month via my blog as I did many, many moons ago during my dissertation for to keep me honest.
Are you writing for NaNoWriMo this year?