We are on the backside of the first full week of National Novel Writing Month. As with all the years before, I am declining the invitation. Does this mean I’m not serious about writing? I’m sure there are a few authors/writers who would answer with an unequivocal “Yes.”
Some people write because they love the contention of the craft. They love how it spurs them to go beyond their comfort zone and into the beyond. They are those people who loved Field and Track Day at school, running to get the blue ribbon. I was not one of those kids and I’m not one of those writers either. My passion lies in the words, themselves, as I write them. I marvel how just one word can make all the difference. The only person I want to compete with is myself. Pressure from outside of me kicks up my anxiety too high.
So… what am I doing during this month of exertive writing for so many writers?
Janice Hardy, the author of Fiction University, wrote a short version of her book, Idea to Novel in 31 Days, in her blog during this last month of October. I don’t have the money for the book or the workbook but I figured I could use what she so graciously gave on her blog. She even has an exercise at the end of each post. To make sure I wouldn’t lose track of this series, I saved each post in a special folder at Pearltrees.
Janice’s series won’t take me through to the end of the first draft. It will, however, help me with all the preliminary stuff, which is where I think I’ve been failing so miserably.
I found a general topic I have had interest in since my college days, wellness beyond the doctor’s office. There are several parts to this vast subject so I thought I would try to write some articles about some of the major points and see if I can get them published in a magazine. I’m hoping my passion for the topic will help push me along to the very end.
The Holiday Season
The holiday season is upon us, whether we’re ready or not. It is time to go shopping for gifts and get those greeting cards ready to mail. Because my husband’s and my children live in other states, presents will be few and we’ll be sending gift cards with the special greeting cards except for the very young. Still, there are a few relatives who live close by so we’ll be hitting the strip malls to find things for them.
Movies on TV
Why is it that the networks put the better movies on at a time of year when many people are hustling and bustling to get ready for the holiday season? Don’t they know they’d have more viewers to watch the commercials at other times during the year? So be it, I’ll be turning to movies I love that are no longer at the box-office during this month.
What is in your plans for this month of November?
“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix