This November has been a life changing month for me. I came out of two metaphorical closets this month: the feminist closet and the writer’s closet. I once escaped a literal locker when my math teacher from high school locked me in the locker in the D-Wing hallway, but that’s another story entirely. In time for Thanksgiving, I must also add that I am grateful for this month because November has showed me that if I were to be the woman I always wanted to be, I need to embrace who I was. This month, I’ve also been an active participant in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
This year is my first ever NaNoWriMo, and it takes place every year for thirty days throughout November. NaNoWriMo has been the perfect prospect for me since it has provided an inspiring structure, that extra push I needed to say: I’ve finally written that novel I’ve been meaning to write! Taking the time to sit down and write the novel at a pace of about 1,666 words a day has been easier than I anticipated. The difficult part for me has been catching myself in moments where I was not prepared for myself.
I’m extremely type A, so there are times when I’m writing and I do feel completely lost. I tend to question myself, wondering if it’s too personal or just too much for this sort of novel. Then, I realize, when it comes to writing, you have to be honest with both yourself and your readers. NaNoWriMo has provided the structure and the formula for which I am grateful for since this is the structure I am used to by now. The real challenge is learning to write when you don’t have a plan.
NaNoWriMo has taught me to roll with the punches. NaNoWriMo has inspired me to be painfully honest with myself and others. Thank you to the community of NaNoWriMo. Thank you to the writers out there who inspire each other and push yourselves and others to keep writing. Never stop learning. Never stop writing.
Kelly AKA Alpha Female Society