Recently I found out about the wonderful world of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. A challenge that takes place in November of every year, writers from all over push themselves to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. As a writer I have been thrilled to learn about this because even though I learned about it late, I have dedicated myself to accepting the challenge by creating my own for the month of December. Yes, I know, it seems crazy, but it’s just the right dose of crazy that I need to reinvigorate my creative spark.
Lately, with all things COVID and isolation I have been feeling disconnected and lonely with no way to fully express myself. How easy it is for me to forget the one outlet that has never failed me, writing. More like creating really, it’s just the process of expressing what’s inside and putting it into some artistic form for others to see and enjoy, or not. Recently I have actually had the epiphany that I do my best work when I let go of the need and desire for others to read what I create. I noticed that in that mindset I was writing for others, producing what I thought people wanted to hear from me instead of giving what I genuinely had to say.
No more. I am determined to no longer write for the benefit of others but instead to only write what feels good for me. If it doesn’t serve me or heal me in any way, I simply have no business writing it. Honestly this has completely changed the way I understand my creative process and it has definitely shown with this new novel. As my first novel I am attempting to write a love story, specifically a Black, Queer love story, why, because I need it. As I searched for books that represented the kind of love I want I had a difficult time. Hard pressed to even find books with solid queer characters I became determined to change that. So, I started my personal NaNoWriMo experience thinking of all things Black and gay AF.
So far it has been great! It’s the third day and already I am over my daily writing limits, which will come in handy later in the month as the holidays creep up on me and take some of my attention. I am excited though and I am truly looking forward to seeing how this love story unfolds. For now though I will track my progress in my weekly blog post. Hopefully sharing my experience with all of you will not only keep me accountable but maybe also encourage and inspire you to take up your own challenge. Maybe its writing a book, or trying that new gym that opened up. Whatever it is, make sure that it is wholeheartedly you, because in the end that is all that matters, that is all that counts.
More to come on my characters, their lives, and their love soon!
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story”-Terry Pratchett