I remember my very first NaNoWriMo like it was yesterday. I was so ambitious; I thought the same old tactics I applied in college would work with something like this. Boy was I wrong. Doing research on demand is one thing, being creative on demand is a whole other ballgame.
For those of you not familiar with it, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month which begins November 1st every year. The group that organizes it challenges writers to write 50,000 words in the month of November to win a little badge for their writer’s page. Ultimately it comes down to the bragging writes (hehe,) but it is an excellent way to flex your creative muscles. Don’t underestimate it though. 50,000 words is A LOT and it is HARD.
This year will be my 8th year participating in NaNo and I have decided that I am going to finish the novel I started that first year. Why? Because, while I have participated every year, I have had very little time to focus on it due my family. See, that first year, way back in 2009, I gave it my all, including an all night blogathon Thanksgiving night, but I just didn’t make it. Two weeks later I found out I was pregnant with my 1st son, and as any parent knows, your time shrinks a bit once you have kids and it is surprisingly hard to find time for the things you want to do.
The thing is, the story was good and I almost made it. I was only about 8,000 words short. So this year I am making it my goal to write the 50,000 words AND finish the book. I figure it will be a nice way to wrap up #year35, my year of reinvention.
I mention all this because I would like to use National Novel Writing Month as the launching point for a new section on the blog. Starting today we will be launching THINK, CREATE where we will be showcasing the work of those who dedicate at least some of their time to being creative.
Artists, writers, photographers, designers, tattoo artists, sempstresses, knitters–you name it. And as part of this initiative we will be doing something we have never done before:
We are looking for Contributors!
If you are living the creative life we are looking to showcase you! Drop us a message telling us a bit about who you are and what you do and let’s start a conversation. Because, we believe that creativity is one of the cornerstones of living a fulfilled life and we want to celebrate those of you out there who are being creative already and hopefully inspire others to tap into their inner creative self. So if you would like to use your words, art, photos, ANYTHING, to inspire others to think and create, please drop us a message and let us make you our next featured artist.
For those of you out there who started NaNo yesterday God speed. I am out there with you. I know you have a long month ahead, but it is totally worth it. I would love to feature some snippets of what you are working on this month. And for those of you who just finished Inktober, awesome work. I loved seeing your stuff on Instagram. I hope you submit. We would be honored to feature you.