If you are a writer you may know about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, now in it’s twelfth year. My writer friends gear up for NaNo by preparing plots and outlines and committing to a daily word count goal, and aim to achieve at least 50,000 words in November. Go watch the short video on the NaNo home page, and check out the wealth of resources! The pep talks are great, even if you aren’t up for 50,000 words this month. Next time you’re in a cafe, look around at the laptop users. They may even be sporting a WriMo button or mug. So pick up your laptop or pen, join the cheering section and encourage someone you know.
Alas, October was National Blog Writing Month (NaBloWriMo), and I missed the boat! as one who is guilty of letting her blog languish, I am going to support my sisters and brothers in word and write a post each day on Art, Spirit, Nature. Naturally, I am a day late. **facepalm**
I’m an artist who occasionally writes, so the written word is not my primary means of expression. But I love the feel of writing, and I seek out that kind of flow when the days grow short and the fireplace becomes the heart of the house. Comfy chair, cat, laptop, fire and a cup of tea will conjour the word-smithing spell around me.
As a non-writer, taking on a writing challenge gives me more appreciation for the form. I pay more and better attention to what I read. I’ve learned a great deal from hanging out with writers online – about the challenges and techniques for creating written work, inspiring more respect for all writers. Much like painting sharpens my eye and makes the world sparkle more brightly, the words in a novel or essay ring with more depth, and I can savour them like wine.
So, follow me, dear friends, and put a few words down of your own.