Something about this year feels different. Dead dreams scream for resuscitation. Hope wants to live its name in me and in my abandoned literary works. Dread and the TERROR of an unfulfilled literary life wake me.
Something about this year’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) screams at me to heed the 30-day challenge and finish one of several novels that established a permanent but undeveloped colony in my brain or (at least) finish the revision of the novel that has remained unpublished for decades.
This is the year I take steps to shift my writing life to include year-round writing instead of summer-only writing when my full-time job takes a break.
The three years I was unemployed were the happiest my writing life has had. I was broke but happy. I woke up writing, I ate lunch writing, I burned many tea kettles while writing, I gave up food for writing, I did not want to do the 9-5 drill so that I could write, and I loved how darkness stole into my oblivious days because I wrote from sunrise to sunset. I was so euphoric that I called myself “The Penniless Millionaire.” Bliss thrived in me!
I established my NaNoWriMo account in 2012 and wrote about a thousand words. However, bills piled, and I had to heed the demoralizing downturn. I returned to the extravertive side of me that came with teaching and mingling.
Now, I must heed NaNoWriMo’s call once more and join hundreds of thousands of writers. I will pen a novel THIS YEAR before 2019 dries up like some of the pens I use to grade essays.
To honor me, my blog (Literary Nomad11), and my firm resolution, I will travel to any location and for any duration to write about literature.
Lethargy is not an option.
Procrastination cannot hold me in a deadlock grip any longer.
RSVP: NaNoWriMo, I will attend the best LITERARY party of the year! I will dress in my most elaborate attire and will write with my most creative pen. Thanks for the invitation.
Statistics/Facts to know:
Challenge: Write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days (November 1 to November 30).
National Novel Writing Month Heads Into its 16th Year (NPR)
20,000 New Yorkers Just Tried to Write a Novel in a Month (The New York Observer)