For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writer’s Month. A bunch of writers attempt to crank out 50,000 words in the month of November. If you want to know more, click here to go to their website and possibly sign up.
I was on the edge about doing it this month, but decided to sign up anyway to maybe give myself a bit of motivation. Unfortunately, I know I’m not ready to start writing Grand Wizard’s Quest again yet, so I don’t have one project that I can just open up, but a few to choose from. I decided before NaNoWriMo, that, as a writer who dreams of being published, I should have a set amount of words that I write each day. Considering that I work part-time cleaning, and am a mother of two, and my husband works full-time and does school full-time through Liberty University Online (so proud of him!), I set a daily word goal at about 500 words. On order to get 50,000 words in the month, you need to write approximately 1,700 words a day. I can’t do that right now– especially with the added fatigue that comes with pregnancy, (hint, hint: Little Mileusnich number three on the way!)
What I plan do to, and hold me accountable to this is to get about 6,000 words a week. That would be about 1,000 words a day. I have been getting about half of that last month, so we’ll see how this goes. It’s really going to push me, but I’m kind of excited. Writing means so much to me, I want to continue to invest in it.
Well, Amber Skye, what does it mean to you? Writing is life-giving to me. When I do it, something inside of me lights up, and makes me love and smile about the rest of life- especially when I get to do it alone without interruptions. It’s also the way I think I communicate best. Not that it bothers me much, but when I try to talk to people face to face, I can kind of get awkward, or the words just won’t come to mind. It’s not the same when I’m writing, though. It’s my way of communicating truth (especially Gospel truths) to you, my readers. It’s my way of telling you that you matter in this life, and no matter how hard it seems, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You will get bumps and bruises along the way, there will be set backs, and you’ll feel like nothing can get better. But you, the protagonist of your own story knows that there is no giving up.
So, that’s where I stand on NaNoWriMo this month. Yesterday I wrote about 234 words and today, besides this post which is about 510 words I haven’t written anything yet, but the night is still young. I do plan on getting about another 200 words in before hoping in bed. That is if I can stay awake.
Thank you, my family, my friends, and my readers for all your support.
In God’s love,
Amber Skye Mileusnich