Holy, National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) Batman!
The fall is upon us and that means trees bursting with color, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course: National Novel Writing Month. I’ve taken part in this crazy writing competition for the last eight years. A rough draft of a novel (50,000 words) in 30 days.
It started as a challenge, a challenge to myself, to see if I could write a novel. Now it’s become a yearly ritual I do with friends. We chide, harass, and encourage each other to the finish line. Some of these novels have been traditionally and/or self-published, others are in a drawer.
But if you ever have the inkling to try a novel, I highly recommend NANOWRIMO. It’s not too late to sign up, even if you only get a few words down. Something about having a deadline and a community to root you on is magic for our creativity. They have other events during the year to encourage that novel inside you as well.
Because you know… the best way to eat an elephant…? One bite at a time. You know the best way to write a novel…? One word at a time.
Here are some other things worth sharing this week:
- Prolific Creator Podcast: I chatted with Vikrant Shaurya about what makes for bestselling nonfiction. I also caught up with my writer friend Jason Meuschke, and talked about his latest novel, and the long game of writing.
- Joe R. Lansdale writing advice. If you have ever wanted to write, or want to write better, I read this post at least once a year. Joe is a professional writer for over 40 years and knows his stuff.
- What I’m reading: Love Your Enemies, a book on weeding out contempt in our public discourse. A fantastic novel about nuns, you heard me right.
- Quotes I’m carrying around:
“I would ask you to remember only this one thing," said Badger. "The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other's memory. This is how people care for themselves. One day you will be good storytellers. Never forget these obligations.” -Barry Lopez, Cow and Weasel
“To love is to will the good of the other.” -St. Thomas of Aquinas
- What I’m watching: the new season of Succession is fantastic, a documentary on a Christian cult based on weight loss, and an Italian comedian makes me cry in laughter.
Until next time, go make great art with your life!