I'm working now on a book project. My friend Ariel is furiously typing away on her novel. And starting next week tens of thousands of people will begin writing a novel during National Novel Writing Month.
There comes a time in every would-be novelist’s life when most everything else gets ignored while the writer within is finally allowed to flourish. It's called November, or "NatNoWriMo." OK, “allowed" to flourish is probably not the most accurate description. You are pretty much forced to write daily to stay on top of your goal of completing a 50,000 word story in thirty days and nights.
But there will be lots of others forcing themselves to do the same crazy thing. Some every day at 5:00 AM. Others every night after dinner. Others all weekend. Some even meet up locally throughout the month in their cities. And all that fosters camaraderie on the journey.
I would so jump in on the combination of camaraderie, accountability and motivation at NatNoWriMo and start on my first novel if I didn't have a non-fiction project I'm already in the middle of, with a looming deadline. Not to mention a lengthy trip to the west coast coming up for a speaking engagement.
But none of that is stopping you. Is it?
If you've dreamed of writing a book consider joining in the NatNoWriMo fun. It's free. And who knows, you might just change the world with what you create.
"You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world. ...The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way …people look at reality, then you can change it."