So, yes, I fell off the face of the earth for the summer, and well, actually most of the fall as well! But it was wonderful. I spent some great time with the kids over the summer, got Bass set-up with a great schedule for school this fall, have gotten numerous projects done (I know, I know, I should have been letting you in on them), and am now entering a new adventure.
November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is over the course of the month, I complete a 50,000 word novel. This has been a goal and dream of mine for many years, and now I’m diving in. I am super excited and have already begun writing. Okay, I may be cheating a little by getting a jump start, but I also know that being the mother of 3 kids, there are going to be days where writing just doesn’t fit into the schedule. I have found that reaching the 1,600 word a day goal is really not that tough yet. If I can commit about 2 hours a day, I’m in good shape. The words just seem to leap out of my fingers and onto the page. The hardest part is getting myself to sit down and actually work! I have suddenly found ways to get my housework, laundry, and working out done. It is all a way to avoid sitting at my computer to write. I highly recommend this strategy if you would like a clean home!
I am working on creating a routine prior to November, a way to fit all of my daily schtuff in and still find my 2 hours. I find that once I start writing, it is hard to stop and go back to real life. It’s easy to get lost in the story of my characters and want to stay in their life for awhile.
I would love some cheerleaders to keep me going on those hard days, when I wonder what the point is to writing it all down, where I doubt my own ability to pull it all off, and for the days when life just gets in the way. For those interested in following my journey, please feel free to check in with me here. I will be posting my daily word count and probably even some short excerpts of my work. The working title of my novel is The Sister Dinners. It is a story that will reveal the vein of grief connecting the lives of 3 women as they contemplate life, love, and loss.
Interested in learning more about National Novel Writing Month, check out their website at www.nanowrimo.org. For now, I’m going to make my cup of tea, tune out the world around me, and get to work!