A colleague, who I have done work with and I get along with in a stranger “we don’t really know each other but we can talk for ages on the phone and find out we have similar interests” kind of way, is, I found out the other day, a published writer.
I have yet to get Matthew’s book, it was self published and is available on Amazon (yes I linked to it so you can buy it!). We talked writing and how I dabble now and again with some short stories or scenes and ideas. My creative outlet.
He asked if I was going to Nanowrimo this year, and I said I didn’t think I could.
Now for those that don’t know Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. You start on 1 November and writing each day you can finish a novel in a month. First rough draft in any case. You can find out more and even register and track your attempt at the Nanowrimo site.
Now Matthew didn’t want to listen to my excuses, I don’t have a planned novel, I’m not sure I will have the time to write that much in a month, and many more. He just said, give yourself an hour a day and write.
Now the premise of the month is to write a novel (if you stick to the format you can and people have!). But it isn’t all about completing something as grand as that. It is about writing, about getting into the routine.
It is in fact about doing it.
So in a state of weak will I have decided to at least give it a go.
One hour a day to write something.
It could be the same story line or many stories or scenes or maybe more blogs like this. It might not change the world but it will give me something to create and maybe birth an idea or two into the world.
So join me if you want or maybe check back later and see if I post something I have created… you never know!