50k words in November? Bring it on! (maybe?)

by Eve D.

You know, on the one hand I am really happy and proud that I have stuck to this blog, and although I might not post as frequently as I would like to, at least I DO do :-). On the other hand, this is hardly the blog that I wanted to create when I launched it. I wanted something upbeat, and fun, filled with stories of travel, and stories people that I have met, and restaurants I have discovered, and new pages of a new life. Instead, all I see to write about is Covid, and the impact it has had on me, one way or another. And I don’t even think I am done with that topic, because Covid is hardly done with me (us). Urgh.

But, like I said, at least I am writing, sporadic as that may be. Which is a good start, because guess WHAT! Nanowrimo is coming in less than a week. Now, this has been an abysmal failure for me each and every time I have attempted it, but I have the slightest glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, I can stick it out this year? (If you don’t know, Nanowrimo (National November Writing Month) is a global movement in November that challenges writers to write 50,000 words, or almost a full novel). The novel doesn’t have to be edited in that time, and a rough draft is more than fine…the challenge really is to just get it done. Write the damn words. Edit them in December, if you have to. So, once again I shall attempt this. Who knows, maybe it will work this time round? Last year just under half a million writers participated, across 6 continents (although I am sure only a small fraction of those actually succeeded in writing the full 50,000 words. Not me.).

Want to know how confused of a writer-wannabe I actually am? I don’t even know what kind of novel I want to write. Maybe a cozy mystery (seems simple enough?), or a romance? (predictable plot, just need the right characters), or a thriller? (this is a tough one) or a “gentle” book that tells a good story but can’t be compartmentalised easily (but I don’t have that story trying to get out my head). Or maybe science fiction? Or Young Adult? I know, I know: this is hardly the mindset of a determined author! Sigh and LOL. Let’s see what I am inspired to start on Saturday. I have a week to figure it out.

In the meantime, I wish I had more upbeat topics to write about here. Which is not to say that life is all gloom and doom, because it really isn’t. It’s just that these weird times, that give me so much opportunity to think and reflect, are “heavy” and filled with truths and realisations that are not necessarily pleasant. Yet, they are a necessary evil, and I am not hiding or running from confrontation with my inner demons.The good news is that I am seeing the long-term upside of all the turmoil, and I am feeling lighter and more optimistic about everything in my micro and macro life. Holding thumbs that that prevails.

I hope times are treating you well, and that you are learning lessons that 2020 seems determined to teach us.

Eve Dmochowska

Image courtesy of Nanowrimo

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