His timing is perfect!
I’ve been writing my blog for fourteen months. If you follow along you know that I often write stories about my family and its history.
I’m fortunate to have a wealth of photographs and documents to browse and research.
In order to write my posts I frequently have to reach out to my family and ask them for the details. They are happy to oblige!
I think they realize these are not simply my stories, but their stories as well.
Since the topic is stories, are you aware that that November happens to be National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)?
Writers can log into the NaNoWriMo web site and sign up for the challenge of writing a novel of at least 50,000 words during the month of November.
The first time I saw this challenge was last year. I had only been blogging for two months. Only one word came to mind – intimidating.
Well, November rolled around this year and suddenly I felt inspired! Could I do this? Could I write, on average 1,667 words per day? Why not…or…why not at least try?
What’s in in for me? Well, bragging rights for one thing! Also, I get to appreciate the creative process. The point is to create by letting your imagination run free!
So what’s my topic? I’ve decided to write a fictional work about the way my daughter views the world. My teenage daughter is autistic. She has a small vocabulary and limited cognitive capabilities. Still, she is generally happy. There are times when she is surprising.
I’ve often considered the depths of her world and what it would contain. How would she describe her world?
My work will be the fictional expression of what she might write. Because of her limitations there is no way to confirm what’s really running through her mind.
What I want others to understand is that she has a point of view. She has a voice. Too often the world at large does not want to hear what she and others with similar limitations have to say.
My husband and I look at her and see how she responds to the world. She laughs, cries, turns away or is compliant. She is persistent and single-minded when she latches onto a behavior that pleases her. She is loving. People who get to know her say she is sweet.
In my eyes she is wonderful. I know she is misunderstood.
She is close to me and yet so far away. She is my heart. One day I hope we can talk to each other. In the meantime I’ll write about what I can only imagine.
Wish me luck! This month I hope to still write a few “regular” posts in the midst of the writing frenzy! I’ll also update you on my progress.
It’s November 3rd and I’ve already written over 5,000 words. I’m 10 percent there!
Are you participating this year? Leave me a comment to say yes, to give me some encouragement, or both!
In the meantime, I’ll get back to writing!