It’s Thanksgiving Day; a busy day of preparation and cooking. It’s not the kind of day I think about writing. It’s more of a doing day. But as I was doing, I realized I need to put a celebration in my story. Every season and every celebration is fodder for a story. Whether you write down the story or not, you are creating a story for your day.
You choose what kind of day to have. Will it be a day of thankfulness? Some of you will be celebrating with family, but some have families too far away. You may even have to work on Thanksgiving Day. Ugh! So sorry. But thank you! I ran out of dish soap on a cooking day. Saved my the market that was open today.
Writing, cooking, and being thankful for my friends and family will fill my day. Ok, maybe you are not doing anything you like to do to today. How can you still be thankful? If you work in retail you can share a smile with everyone you meet. Be thankful to be alive, and then do something that feels vital and important to you. Enjoy the clouds, sun, rain or whatever happens to be in your sky.
I find that words are flowing much more freely now that I’m writing the NaNoWriMo challenge. I’m way behind but love the challenge. I won’t finish writing anywhere close to 50,000 words in a month, but I am writing more. I am challenging myself to just write whether I have anything to write about or not. I tend to over think everything I do, so this is a good challenge to just do it.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day and give thanks!
I always thought it would be too much of a challenge to write a novel in a month even if I signed up early. I must admit it is a real challenge to come to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) late. Starting a day late, I'm low on word count, but I'm writing everyday.
According to my stats online I've written 1446 words to date. At this rate I will finish my 50,000 word novel May 17, 2018. I guess I'd better step it up. I need to write 1943 words a day to finish by November 30th. Whew! Amazing I have set this goal, but I like to aim high. That is how I finished and published Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success, and Vegetable Kids in the Garden.
I'm already writing a novel––my first––and didn't want to start another, so I decided to write a prequel to the scifi story I am working on. Writing this novel will help me develop the background and characters. Who knows it might end up being a novel in itself. When you start writing, you never know where it will take you. Seeing my stats on the NaNoWriMo website is an eye opener as to how much I will need to write each day to finish on a specific date.
NaMoWriMo says today is not too late to start the challenge.
"You, writing a novel, are learning how to build worlds. You, writing a novel, are training to become a serial finisher. You, writing a novel, are exercising the simple faith that stories can help people reach each other, build bridges, and tap into a shared human bond.
Writing some of a novel is better than writing none. Post a comment if you are participating.
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Nancy Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor, Life Coach, and writer. Nancy will assist you with story ideas, organizing your book whether fiction or nonfiction, and choosing a method for publishing and printing.