October 30


Posted by lori . 11 Comments


Have you heard of this? NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month.


I’d heard of it, but never was interested in participating. Recently, I read about it over at Elka’s blog, The Elka Almanac, and a seed was planted.

My blog has been a huge challenge for me the last few months. I feel dried up. I think a lot of that is due to changes in my life and the structure I set for myself at the beginning of the year. I suspect that I come across, on my blog, as much more organized and focused than I am. I’m about as flighty as they come. I combat my flightiness through structure. There is no way I could write a blog without structure and a plan. Unfortunately, the structure I set in January 2013 doesn’t fit so well now.

My goal when I started writing What Remains Now, was to reintroduce myself to my creative side. Over the last 3 years, I’ve explored creativity and fallen in love with painting my girls. I started 2013 with those two passions (creativity and painting my girls) first and foremost in my mind. I set up my 2013 posting schedule to keep myself moving ahead in those two areas. Then, life changed. Now, I find myself with a full-time job and a lot of new changes, challenges and focus. So what now? That’s what I’m asking myself. I don’t have any answers.

Now, that little seed. The idea of writing at the intensity of NaNoWriMo (50,000 words in November or 1,667 words a day) called to me. I think because writing is magical. I can be totally confused about something and by writing it out, clarity will come. So, I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. Not to write a novel, but hopefully to write myself into some clarity.

What this means for my blog…For the month of November, I’m not going to write or follow my schedule. Every day I’m going to post a picture and a quote, similar to what I did in 2012 with my “Daily Inspiration.” I’m also going to turn off my comments. I hope this helps me. I feel lost…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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11 Responses to " NaNoWriMo"

  • genjiscorner says:

    Every year, when NaNoWriMo rolls around, it intrigues me. But I know I don’t have the dedication to do it. When I started by blog, it was going to be about whatever I was thinking about at the time. It quickly turned into a doggie blog. Hope you have fun with NaNoWriMo, and get the clarity you’re looking for.

  • I think that is quite a funny caption don’t you – National Novel Writing month – because it’s just that easy 🙂
    Hope you enjoy your writing, I’m sure if anyone can do it, you can Lori.
    Happy Halloween to you all.
    Lynne x

  • Hmm, you seem anything but dried up to me! I always admire your ability to post something new and interesting every day. I can’t even keep up with people who post every day let alone do a daily blog post myself! Good luck with this challenge. I hope it helps you find your way again 🙂

  • Enjoy your writing and we know you can do it. Have a good blog break.
    Have a tremendous Thursday and Happy Halloween to all your family. Hope it is a spectacularly good spooky one.
    Best wishes Molly

  • Good on you. In the end I think the creative endeavors we pursue should be fun and fulfilling. When it isn’t any more, when it is really hard or feels like a chore, then you need a break. Or maybe to move on to something new. Or change up what you’re doing which you are! You are right though, from this side of the blog you appear very organized and focused. You seem to be an endless fount of creativity and great ideas. I think you probably still are but just need to reconnect in a way that is meaningful to you. We’ll be following your journey and, as always, stealing your great ideas 🙂

  • Mayzie says:

    You can do it! You’re gonna do great! And I bet stuff will start flowing again and you won’t feel all dried out anymore. But, um, do you think you could re-think turning the comments off? Cuz I kinda like being able to comment on the stuff that you post. Lots of it is thought-provoking and it’s fun to say what it means to us.

    (But if you still wanna turn them off, that’s A-OK, too!)

    Wiggles & Wags

  • That’s quite the challenge, I wish you all the best luck. I can’t wait to see what you have at the end of the month.

  • I applaud you for joining in with this one. I do not at the moment have the focus, though I love writing, too. Like you, I started the blog to encourage my creative side, but lately (again like you) I feel a bit dried up and haven’t posted so much. I think for me, I need to pick up on the art again, to get me away from the computer!

  • Fern Reed says:

    I didn’t even know there was a writers day!!! I love to write too but I can not spell and don’t see my mistakes!!!! Thank Goodness!!!!
    I am better Lori!!! YAY!!!

  • Kat says:

    Yay, Lori!!! I have tried NaNoWriMo several years. I’ve never “won” (i.e. never hit the 50,000 word mark), but each time have been glad that I’ve tried. My SIL (the same one who ‘introduced’ me to you) is the one that turned me on to NaNoWriMo. She’s doing it again this year. I wasn’t going to…as I’m still bound and determined to work on my original novel and you’re “supposed” to start something new. But between SIL and you, I’ve become inspired to at least halfway participate….not gonna’ worry about hitting the mark, and not gonna’ start anything new…and didn’t start Nov. 1 for that matter!…but I’m going to use it as motivation to try to write some daily. Let’s keep each other encouraged!

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