#WhyIWrite and NaNoWriMo

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Ah Fall.  The time of year when the weather turns cold, Starbucks has Caramel Apple Cider, and jumpers get aired out and worn.  (For my US readers, jumpers = sweater.  I know I’m American, but I type that first all the time, and well, I have a mixed vocabulary.)  Fall for me also means National Novel Writing Month, which starts on November 1st.  It’s the time of year when I try my hardest to write 50,000 words, even if that goal hasn’t been met.

So far, I’m 0-3, but I’m not in school this year (which led to 0-2) and I’m not terribly depressed because I was kicked out of the UK/separated from my fiance for the first time (last year).  I might be working full-time, but lunch hours, evenings, and weekends will get devoted to my novel.  I hope to make the 50,000 words with ease.  Or at least at all.  Instead of my normal programming (reviewing books), I will be doing a month of NaNoWriMo.  Not just me, but others I know who are doing it as well, past winners, etc.  If you read my blog and are planning to participate in this year’s festivities, please let me know.  It counts as a break if you write a blog post for me on the ups and downs of 50,000 words in 30 days.  But seriously, I would love to get some input from both writers and readers on this blog.  After all, it’s basically devoted to the world of fiction – all sides of it.

Also in writing news, yesterday was the National Day on Writing.  A day to celebrate creativity and imagination through the written word.  The New York Times ran a great piece on it yesterday, and celebrities such as Neil Gaiman were Tweeting with the hashtag #whyIwrite.  Gaiman tweeted: “Because I can lie beautiful true things into existence, & let people escape from inside their own heads & see through other eyes. #whyIwrite.”  Man, even his tweets are gorgeous sometimes.  But seriously, I love movements like these because they encourage creativity.  There are a lot of cynics in the world who don’t believe in donating money to the arts (or that their children should waste any time on them), but what kind of a world would this be without the embellishments that make it beautiful?

I have always been more artistic and creative.  My parents like to tell people how I would make the carrots talk.  I remember writing scribbles down (before I could even write) and telling people they were my novel.  I was always wanting to write, to create, to breathe life into something that had existed entirely in my head.  I played piano, flute, oboe, and sang, but while all of these brought some form of expression, nothing has given me greater joy than to have time to sit and write.  There are all kinds of writing, and some are more laborious than others, but no matter what words come out, I am happy.  Sure, as every writer will tell you, we are never really happy with what we have put on the page.  Look at George Lucas.  We give him flak for changing Star Wars with each release, but no creator will ever feel he has created perfection.  The fans might, but the world was yours to mold, and so you continue to want to shape it, to better it, to improve it.

To have a hand in creating has always been my goal.  Even in web design and development, you are bringing to life something that once was only a vision.  Whatever your vision is, whether it is writing, music, paint, film, or something else entirely, I hope you take the time to enjoy what you do and to thrive on your creative spirit.  And now I sound like a hippie.