I’m pretty happy with my writing this month. I committed to writing for 31 days in October, and I’ve only skipped a few days, each with good reason. Next up, November. I’m hoping that if I write out my plan I will have a better chance of sticking to it.
Some of you know I’m writing a memoir. It is all about how Ian became sick, how our family survived, and most importantly, how God faithfully took care of us during our time of hardship. I started writing the memoir over a year ago. Yes, I started in August of 2013. I know what you are thinking… Shouldn’t you be done with it by now? I agree. I really should be. But, I’m not. For whatever reason, whether it’s lack of motivation, or feeling inadequate about my writing and whether people will like it, or just not enough time to do it, it is NOT FINISHED YET. This will all change in November.
I’ve decided to participate in another challenge this month. This time it is something called NaNoWriMo. It stands for National Novel Writing Month. What is the challenge, you ask. Well, it is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Gulp.
50,000 words in 30 days.
This challenge sounds so fun to me. I HAVE TO DO IT. I can’t NOT do it. I’ve even considered writing a REAL NOVEL. It’s all figured out in my head. It’s about two sisters taking a trip across the country in a 1974 teal VW van. (I made that up. I hope the van I like is a 1974 model.) Anyway, after thinking about it, I decided this is not the time to start something new. I still have my memoir to write, and what better way to get it done than with this challenge, right? Right.
I looked it up, and although I should technically be writing a novel, I can be a NanoRebel and write a memoir. Nonfiction. I’m okay with being a rebel. I’m usually never one, but this seems like a good reason to break the rules.
Here’s the awesome part of the challenge. All I have to do to “win” is write 50,000 in the month of November. That’s it. AND if I complete it, I will get two real paper copies of it. I WILL BE ABLE TO HOLD A REAL PAPERBACK COPY OF MY BOOK IN MY HANDS. There is a company named Createspace that is donating this for the winners. So so so awesome. Another company named Blurb is also donating a coupon for a copy, as well as services to make your book an official ebook for ipad or kindle. Can you imagine? Reading my book on your ipad or kindle? Unbelievably awesome.
As you can see, I am very motivated to accomplish this. You may be asking yourself… How can I help you accomplish this?
I’m glad you asked.
1. Keep me accountable.
50,000 words in 30 days means I should be writing 1,667 words each day. There will be days when I will do this, but there will also be days when my tasks of being a wife and mommy may keep me from meeting the daily goal. I can’t write full time. That means I will most likely need to make up words on the weekends.
I’d love it if you asked me how it’t going every once in a while.
How’s your word count? Good job with your writing! Don’t quit. Can’t wait to read what you’re writing…
2. Pray for me.
I have no doubt in my mind that I am supposed to share this story with others. Others need to know what God has done for us, and I’m glad for others to be blessed or encouraged through our story. Please pray for motivation, for the words to flow easily, and for me to find time to write.
I am so excited about this (AND SCARED!) I really hope my December post isn’t about how I didn’t accomplish the 50,000 word goal. My family might be eating take out a lot, and there may be even more clutter around here than usual, but if I have a finished memoir, it will all be worth it!!!