If you’ve never heard of NaNoWriMo, it’s an abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month. I always thought it was called National November Writing Month, but that’s what I get for creating an account 4 years ago and never logging in again.
I know. You don’t have to remind me. I’ve been anything except for a writer the past few months – years, even. I asked a dear friend of mine to pester me about writing and I haven’t replied to his message from a few weeks ago because I haven’t written much of anything since then.
Back to the point. On October 16th, I gave myself a writing exercise to introduce my friends on Facebook the way that I would in a novel. Since then I’ve (mostly) written one introduction per day. Although it’s a small challenge, with my current work schedule and lifestyle, it’s all I’ve been able to muster up. That is, until today.
I finally dusted off my NaNoWriMo account, changed my region from the Triangle Area of North Carolina to Antelope Valley (I really haven’t logged on since I created it.) and introduced my latest novel concept. Over the past four years, the system has sent me 243 messages that I get to sort through and I haven’t utilized it one bit.
It’s almost November! What a perfect time to actually start writing again. Not only that, but I’ve discovered that there’s a group of authors in my area that meet-up weekly to write. I will keep you updated on how that goes; after all, we do live in Antelope Valley so I will be pleasantly surprised to find other humans gathering together for something fun.
I don’t know how I feel about my latest novel idea. I created it a couple weeks ago when I got tired of writing and deleting new content for an old story I haven’t been able to scratch the surface of in a while. (Hint: Never assume you’ll remember your outline if you plan it all in your head as a teenager. Your adult self will not remember anything important at all.) So, as long as I don’t get murdered at this writers meeting, you will hopefully be hearing more about this project soon!
In other news; My husband is fantastic, we’ve been married for more than 9 months now(!), I still love my job as an ESL tutor, the kids are so much fun, it’s my last semester of the Bachelor’s program for ministry school AND I’ve been able to expand my doTERRA collection a great deal, thanks to my supportive mother. Not to mention I’m up WAY past my bedtime, so I best be going.
Tori Lynn Cortez