NaNoWriMo Day 5, and I am at 5881 words. Behind schedule, but better than I expected. And I am enjoying the process more than I can say.
All participants can opt to receive email pep talks from the MotherShip; here is a passage, from NaNoWriMo guru Chris Baty, that sums up part of the appeal of the whole exercise:
We get so focused on doing the things that pay the bills that we sometimes neglect to do the things that make us feel truly alive. You have a world of people depending on you—family, friends, co-workers, bosses, teachers. Taking care of everyone’s needs while still finding time to buy groceries and bathe every couple days can be a feat. Unfortunately, this means that activities like writing and art and music tend to disappear into the margins of our lives.
… For one month, you get to orient your life around your creative spark, rather than vice versa.
So, here I am with my spark, which is at this moment staring blankly back at me, but I know we’ll figure out something more to type. In the meantime… if a picture is worth a thousand words, then I’ll be posting a few here for your enjoyment (because words written here are not words written there…)