November 1st marks the start of National Novel Writing Month. I along with thousands of other folks from across the USA, made the commitment to write 50,000 words in one month, approximately 1,667 words per day. It is also the length of some well-known novels like “The Great Gasby” and “The Notebook.”
The good news is that I love to write. You might can’t see this in the frequency of my blogs, but I wanted to be a writer since I was a little girl. Phillis Wheatley was my shero. By the age of 12, I’d a few poems printed in the local newspaper and other local publications.
On June 29, 2015, I completed my biggest writing challenge. I finished my dissertation and earned my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. SCORE!
So here I am, 120 some days later, ready for another writing challenge.
I am told rather frequently that I need to write a book because of my perspective, experiences or something witty I may have said. I have been struggling for a while on what to write that is different. It finally hit me!
“I am going to write about the random shit that pops in my head while I am out walking the dog!”
Yes. The name of the soon-to-be penned part self-help and part my story book is entitled “While Walking the Dog.” Some of the stories are Champ inspired. Some of the stories are Kacey inspired. Most of the stories are because I paused just long enough to let me brain relax during my year of committing to being a full time caregiver to 2 loved ones and 1 grouchy uncle while writing my dissertation.
Writing coach Brian McDonald says that stories are our most efficient carriers of survival information.
My prayer is that my book is just that – a survival manual for those who are in search of satisfaction.
Stay tuned. Cheer me on. Consider taking on a challenge this November as well. It doesn’t have to be writing. It can be anything. Post a message and let me know. I will be rooting for you too!