Saturday, November 1, 2014

National Not Writing a Novel Month

So, every November for the last decade or so, I've started writing a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I've managed most years to finish the required 50,000 words (which is quite a bit shy of an actual novel, but constitutes a respectable start), but I have yet to take the next step and actually finish writing, editing, and attempting to publish any of those poor, forgotten stories. (One of these languishes despite my darling husband's frequent requests to know what happens next.)

That said, I've decided this year to take a pass on NaNoWriMo and instead focus on a few things that might have a more positive impact on my life.

First, because November is the month in which we Americans celebrate our feast of Thanksgiving, I'm going to repeat my practice of naming (most likely on Facebook) something for which I am grateful each day this month. These may be simple things or grand ones. I may repeat myself a time or two, though I'll try to find a unique thing for which to be mindfully grateful every day.

Second, I'm going to get rid of something every day this month, either by donation if the item is in good repair and can be of use to someone else or by elimination if the item is broken, ruined, or otherwise valueless. The item might actually be a collection of items, e.g. a box of clothes or household goods that can go to the local charity shop or a stack of paper scraps I feel certain I'll get around to using in my collage some day. In fact, most days I expect to exceed my goal on this effort, but I won't get too far ahead of myself.

I'm making this month a time for letting go of what I no longer need to make more room for those things (and people and practices) in life that bring me great joy.

Feel free to follow my progress through what I'm calling "NaNoWriNoMo" or to play along if you like.

1 comment:

  1. Only you could make writing about not writing so interesting and even inspiring.

    Seriously though, please get back to it at some point because I think there is an audience for your considerable talent.

    I almost wish I could say I wasn't writing this month but that's another story for another time.