So I grabbed my latest read, Fablehaven, and I did 20 minutes at level 10. Boy, did it feel different, but it felt good. Since I started my writing journey in May, I haven't been focusing on my weight loss efforts like I should. By cutting out the exercise alone, I gained 8-10 pounds over the summer. I try not to let the reality bother me, but to use it as a motivator. (Right now my winter jeans are a motivator too) NEVER STOP EXERCISING!! Had I continued my daily workouts, I likely would have maintained. I know this, yet I allow myself to forget. Why? I guess I'm human.
So today, I decided to officially make a commitment to do NaNoWriMo. For those who don't know what this term means, November is National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1st through 30th. I've never participated in it before, but with the helpful and loving coercion of my dear husband and one of my lovely critique partners, I'm ready to take on the challenge.
The word count doesn't frighten me, when I wrote my first novel, I did 97K in five weeks. I also know that once I get started, the words should flow. The thing that initially frightened me was that I didn't have a single idea floating around in my head. Not one. Luckily, a little staring and some online time, an idea hit me. I have a rough outline and I am feeling like I can do it. I have a few weeks to make a more reliable outline I can work with and I think I'll be able to finish the challenge by the 30th without loosing too much sleep or gaining any weight. (I am also going to make the commitment to regularly workout too)
Do you have an interest to start writing? This is a great way to get started. Check out the website: www.nanowrimo.org There are a lot of resources!