Opportunity: NaNo Knocks!
Oxford Dictionary: A time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary: A favorable juncture of circumstances.
November brings us NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). For those who jump into the NaNo madness—committing to write a 50,000 word novel by month’s end—this is an opportunity of grand proportions. It means we must set aside our negative thinking (Who wants to read anything I write anyway?), our whining about lack of time (I’m too busy folding laundry!), and our desire to have any semblance of a normal sleep pattern (“Just. . .one. . .more. . .word. . .Zzzzz. . .), for thirty days. But at the end of it all, if we complete the challenge, we have the bones of a novel just waiting for rewrites and edits. But it is OUT, you understand? No longer bubbling in our brains like so much alphabet soup.
So NaNoWriMo is a writer’s opportunity to write. It is an opportunity to shut out many of the distractions and activities that gum up our clock. For instance:
- “Fix dinner? Can’t. I have to write 2,000 words for Nano.”
- “Clean the bathrooms? Yeah, sorry. NaNo.”
- “Wash Thanksgiving dishes? Uh, no. I lost time basting the turkey. Gotta write. It’s NaNo.”
You get the idea. NaNo is a writer’s ultimate opportunity to focus on writing, or more specifically, to blow off all the stuff that we normally allow to take precedence over our writing.
Now, in the grand scheme of fantasy opportunities, NaNo doesn’t rank up there with, say, being trapped in an elevator for thirty minutes with Arthur Levine, but it is an opportunity nonetheless. And one worth jumping at, especially if you have a supportive family who understands you intend to complete that 50,000 come hell, high water, or an overflowing laundry basket.
While mucking around the net I came across this quote:
“Let’s assume that each person has an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different. To realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.” —-John Fischer
How is that for a marvelous summation of our work and passion as writers? Isn’t that what we’re striving for every time we put pen to paper or set our fingers on a computer keyboard? The opportunity to become different, to realize the potential encompassed in our passion. It’s there every time we write, even without the kick in the pants that is NaNoWriMo.
Opportunity: The chance to unleash our unique potential. Every time we write.
See you next for Book Blurb Friday!