Times Are Strange. Write a Book.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is coming up in November. The event challenges participants to write 50,000 words during the month of November.

Call me crazy but I’m just going to throw this out there. We’re living in very strange times. When we’re struggling with uncertainty, we tend to cling to the faniliar. It totally makes sense. The Coronavirus has most of us asking when things will go back to normal again. We cringe when we hear the term “new normal” because it unsettles us. We like the comfort of what we know. Change can be terrifying.

But what if the cure for uncertainty was to step way out of your comfort zone? What if, instead of desperately grasping at what we know, we lean into the unknown? Embrace it.

You could jump out of a perfectly good airplane or take up some weird hobby. Or you could write a book. Yes, you.

I’ve been writing for long time. I’ve learned a lot and improved bit by bit. But I don’t consider it to be any sort of an elite thing. The difference between me and people who don’t consider themselves to be writers is that those people just haven’t written anything yet.

I believe that everybody has a story to tell. If fiction makes you uncomfortable, there are options. NaNoWriMo isn’t just about novels. Authors tackle “rogue” projects all the time.

So, if you think the world is falling apart, if you’re totally freaking out right now, if you’re bored, or exhausted or exasperated by 2020, let go and do something different. Sign up for NaNoWriMo. It’s fun and it’s free. Worst case scenario, you wind up with a bunch of words you’ll never let anyone read. Buy hey, I’m willing to bet you gained an insight or two along the way anyway. Best case scenario, you write a book. Yes, you.

It’s a win either way really. I suspect the world will continue to be strange. But you can survive, adapt and conquer. Write a book.

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