Welcome to November, the month of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. If you’ve never heard of NaNoWriMo, it is a community of people who virtually connect with each other as they spend a month each trying to write a 50,000 word novel. A month is a surprisingly doable time frame: I forget about New Year’s resolutions over the course of a year, but they are pretty memorable for at least January.
I don’t have a novel in mind, but for the last couple of months, I’ve been feeling like I should do more journalling or memoir-type writing. I think this month I’ll sit down and write up various stories from my life. That’s been feeling important to me. And while I’m not officially signing up for NaNo, I’m hoping that the sense that thousands of other writers are sitting down for hours every day to write will encourage me to keep at it. I might even give it a name: NaJoWriMo (Journal Writing…?) I could even join up into NaKniSweVeMo (my made-up Knit a Sweater Vest Month- no sleeves to knit!) knowing others are knitting sweaters.
Lately, I been thinking about communities and the ones we choose to be in. NaNo is one, our wards are another. Recently a UU minister friend of mine shared this Indigogo which made me so happy- I love seeing people reach out and find each other. I’m a big fan of making Zion wherever we are and with the people around us.
Actually, I think that would make a great NaNo: NaZiBuMo, National Zion Building Month. My ward likes to refer to community-building as creating “soulful relationships” so maybe over here in Oakland we’ll have NaSoReMo. What do you think? A month before the Christmas season and working on our Zions wherever they are?
Are you participating in NaNo? Is a month doable? Want to join me in journalling? Think we should push for a NaZiBuMo? Is all the NaNo stuff too hyped up or hokey to you?