I happened to be one of those writers who signed up NaNoWriMo after completing it last year and crossing the finish line with a completed 50,000 words. It was awesome as was the afterglow of my accomplishments but for several reasons it just didn’t work out this year. I got 6000 words in and that was it. Sure, now its my responsibility to slay those inner critics as I read I should do but there’s a whisper in my ear about why I didn’t go further with the one month writing deadline.
Enter Sarah Potter with serendipitious timing.
I learn a lot from other writer’s reflections on their writing path and why it sometimes might take a different twists and turns. Sarah offered an opportunity to commit to a gentler climb rather than dashing up the steep slope of NaNoWriMo. Now this was an approach that I can wrap my head around.
I’d actually been envisioning a scenario similar to this after realizing that November had come and gone. I hadn’t met my personal writing goals yet the long winter still loomed ahead. Why not make the best of both situations? So that’s what I shall do. It would be even better to have any of my writing pals who are contemplating a novel to join in as we tackle the dark season of winter together.
Then there is this other reason.
Once I heard this idea of NWW, I realized I could also use this as an absolute excuse for snuggling up with my beloved and aging friend Rose. As she approaches her 14th year, I’m not sure how many more winters we’ll have together. She is my best muse and constant companion. There are no words to describe the depth of love I have for this dog. She’s seen me through more tough times than I can describe and is as fine tuned to me as another being can get. I’d love to mark this passage in our lives with a winter of quiet space where can just be.
We’ll do this together and it’ll be great.
In fact, I will do my best to make it extraordinary.
Look out….Rose and I are writing a book!