It has been nearly two months since I’ve written anything in the regards to a blog. Actually for the last month I can be honest that I was not shortchanging my writing or taking a break. For the past two months I was either preparing or actually writing like a crazy person.
A few years ago I stumbled upon at site simply known as NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, which so happens to be November. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, which is the equivalent of a short novel. This year was my year to finally accept the challenge and write at least one of the novels that has been swimming in my head. While some serious writers frown upon the concept of writing a cohesive book in 30 days I knew differently and felt surprisingly optimistic about the concept. I loved writing in college for long hours with not much to talk about, but it was during those writing sessions that through the filth I discovered the gems that would become some of my best works.
It may seem hard to believe and it is sometimes even hard for myself to think that I wrote over 50,000 words in 24 days, but I did it. In the end I accomplished the task of NaNoWriMo which was to write 50,000 words in 30 days. However, for those that accomplished the task there were no church choirs, parades, dancing cheerleaders, or exuberant fans waiting for them on the other side. All that awaited the few that survived was the realization that a novel was within their grasp.
For myself I realized that I had the potential to complete my first ever novel, short fiction no sweat, but novels were a pipe dream that I had grasped for years and still could not break the 20,000 word hurdle. Time got away from me or life caught up with me. Pick one. At least a few of those issues clouded by judgment and kept me away from my notebook or computer long enough to cool the writing spirit that I had been trying to feed all my life.
Now back to the grind of life, work and married life. Though as I take this solemn journey I know that what awaits is another month of writing and several weeks of editing. By the end I will have a book that I can place on the shelf and say I wrote. Until that day I will have to keep satiated on the words that I post on blogs, in forums, or on dirty napkins. All writers need a goal and a dream to keep going. Now all you have to do is find out what yours is.