It was about a year ago that I had a great idea placed in my lap from my dear writing group friends. "Hey, why don't we all try to write 50 thousand words and form a novel for National Novel Writing Month?" I threw myself in completely and wrote with a passion that I had never felt before. Each day, I would ignore house work, drink ridiculous amounts of coffee, and write until my vision blurred and my fingers bled. I was a writer. Even more than that...I was an author.
Within months, I had a publisher, and shortly after that I had a book. It was so fast, so miraculous, and to be quite honest, even though the days felt hard, it was easy...really easy.
So, here I sit with less than a month before "NaNoWriMo" starts, and I'm committing to writing again. I am not delusional enough to believe this time will be easy. I know I'm working this year and my schedule is tighter. I know I'm more intimidated this year (especially as I've learned more about the publishing process). And truthfully, I'm just simply more"in the know" this year. There is truth in the old adage "ignorance is bliss."
Last year, NaNoWriMo was blissful for me. This year, I'm fully anticipating a battle. But, I'm a strong person and a brave writer. I have a message welling up inside me that I need to share.
But, the question I want to ask you is are you supposed to be joining me? One of my favorite quotes is from Crystal Evans, "Some readers will only hear, understand and accept certain things when they read it in your words, from your perspective, written in your voice. We were each created by God to do our part. And if we fail to do it because we don't think it's valuable enough, great loss will be suffered. Someone, somewhere, needs you---in all of your uniqueness---to step up to the plate of your calling."
Powerful stuff. Things to pray over. I'm asking God to clearly lead you to your voice, you mission---because he may just have a story stored up in your heart.
Please, leave a comment if you are considering writing for the month of November. I want to pray with and for you. And, if you are not feeling that calling, will you please partner with me in prayer?