Last Wednesday, I did something crazy that I’m hoping I won’t end up regretting (I don’t think I will): I signed up for NaNoWriMo this month. (NaNo, as in National Novel Writing Month, or the crazy challenge writers take to write 50,000 words in 30 days.) I’ve participated other years—and even managed to get to 50k in 2013!—but since then, I’ve gained a lot of other responsibilities, so this is proving to be an even bigger challenge than it was back then.
But it’s been so, so fun as well. It’s thrilling to watch a story develop under your fingertips; to “live” in another place and try to put all five senses that you’re discovering there in word form so that someone else can experience it as well.
As an aside: One thing I’ve discovered about myself (to my surprise!) is that I tend to write a lot more clearly than I speak. That’s become a continual annoyance to me, because words flow so well through my fingertips, but not necessarily through my lips. But that’s okay. It’s always good to have at least one thing to hone in life, right?
Back in 2013, and again in 2014 and 2015, I believe, I participated in another month-long challenge in November: GiveThanks x7. It was hosted by a girl’s magazine, The King’s Blooming Rose, with the goal being to write down seven things I’m grateful for every day of the month of November. It proved to be a lovely time of creating a habit of thankfulness, a frame of mind I’d love to be in constantly.
This year, although the magazine isn’t hosting the challenge, they do encourage us to do it ourselves. So I thought I’d share my “thankful” lists from the last three days.
- Haunt Fox by Jim Kjielgaard—a fascinating nature book!
- Peacocks—they’re so pretty!
- Beautiful mornings
- A new dresser for my little sister
- Work away from home!
- Summery days
- Motel-quality sheets (what luxury!)
- Stories to write
- Bible memory verses
- Pitcher plants—fascinating things, especially when wasps get stuck in them!
- Dear friends who are willing to help when it’s difficult to get something done ourselves (oh, that I might be a friend like that to other people!)
- The quails I heard early this morning
- Brothers that I can delight with stories
- My happy little sister
- God’s faithfulness
- The color of fresh spring green
- Taking walks with my little sister
- Her delight in nature
Have you ever written fictional stories and/or participated in a writing challenge? What are some things you are thankful for today?