Looking back on this year’s Nano I can’t say that it was successful for me, but I also can’t say the opposite. I went in with goals, most of which were not met, and I am still okay. After October, there was much weighing on my mind. November also fed my obsession with a book series (I will write more about that in the coming days). This book series held my attention and fed me intellectually and in its own way, spiritually.
I have renewed focus for my two main book projects and hope to begin them in the new year. I would begin immediately, but I don’t need that kind of pressure. Also, I have a few books that I’d like to finish reading before the end of December. I have really taken advantage of my online NY Public Library card for ebooks, finding several that I could not acquire through my local account. Reading isn’t just fundamental; it is also inspirational. My end of year review will include my books read since January.
However you spent your Nanowrimo, it is always the beginning; not the end. When Nano ends, there is more work to be done, and this is probably the first Nano that I’ve “participated” in that has left me in a better frame of mind than previous ones. Once I was able to accept that I would have nothing written for the Nano projects, I was able to release all the Nano tensions that I build up for myself.
I look forward to the new year and to the writing to come.
While this is Day 9 of National Novel Writing Month, for me it is more like Day 1. To begin, get any information at the Nanowrimo link. It will introduce you to the organization, its philosophy, and how to sign up and keep track of your word counts, daily as well as in totality.
While Nanowrimo focuses on novel writing, I think its pep talks, write-ins, and exercises work with any writing project, and I do use it extensively for my non-fiction writing.
Currently, I am working on four books, in various stages of writing.
The two big ones are (the simply known as) the Wales book and a Labyrinth prayer book.
While both have some bits written, they are really in need of outlining and focus. That is what I plan to do this week. Sometimes writing the goal down leads to its completion; or at least its beginning.
What projects (writing or otherwise) are you working on at the moment? How’s it going?
Today is still a writing day.
How did you do?
Are you ready for a rest? Or raring to write more?
Take a moment to bask in all you’ve accomplished these last 29 days.
Randomly pick a date on your calendar in either December or January. You will use this date to re-read your November Nano writings. This gives it time to rest and you will see it in a new light.
On this Giving Tuesday, consider donating to Nanowrimo:
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Donate to Nanowrimo
I would also ask to consider a donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists. They support freedom of the press and shine light where journalists are arrested, tortured, and murdered. It has been eight weeks since The Washington Post’s Jamal Kashoggi was lured to a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey and murdered for his writing about the Saudi government and royal family.
Have some hot chocolate or chai masala.
Deep breath in. Deep breath out.
Breathe in the scent of the hot whatever you’ve chosen.
Now take a sip.
Relax for five minutes.
Check your Outline
We’re in the last five days. Some of us are winding down, some of us are desperately trying to reach that 50,000 word mark. For all of us, we have some kind of writing goal, so take a look at your story notes and outline, and see what you can work on these last few days.
Now that Thanksgiving has passed, and Nanowrimo is on its last five days, what are some of your favorite comfort foods.
I love making art out of words. I think it’s my love of writing. You try it. Use crayons, colored pencils, markers. Use all the colors; or none of them.