So, NaNoWriMo. Have you heard of it? Are you prepping for it?
It stands for National Novel Writing Month, which happens to be during the month of November. It starts in three days. Three days. I’m going to try to attempt writing 50,000 words in a month, and it’s most likely going to be crazy.
And sorry this is a few days late. I’m blaming it on trying to prep for NaNo. 😉
But before I get to what I’m doing this year, I wanted to share with you a little bit about my NaNo experience last November.
I wonder why so many of us shy away from that word. At least I do. 😉
We go, go, go, and it’s exhausting. But I want to encourage you to make time for a break.
By the time you get this, I will be on vacation with my family at the beach. This time is very much needed for me, in the midst of a busy life, lots of tasks, school, and everything else that’s causing me to go too fast.
Engaged. Entrapped. Hopeless. To escape that less-than-desirable future, Nicole takes flight, seeking for freedom across the Irish Blue. She soon learns that freedom is a frame of mind and all freedom comes at a price— one that could cost her everything.
This is the premise for a short story by K.E. Stanton, and I had the honor to both read and review her work in exchange for an honest review.
I know, this isn’t a normal post or on a scheduled Friday, so don’t worry. I still will posting next week on Friday.
Also…scroll to the end of the post if you would like to read this story for FREE.
If there’s one award that I’ve always wanted to be nominated for, it definitely is this one. 😛 And I got tagged for it TWICE by Julia @Lit a Flame. Seriously girl, I feel honored! You passed on such an awesome award.
1. Thank the blog that nominated you for the award.
2. Answer the questions they gave you.
3. Give 11 fun facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award, and give them 11 questions to answer
Already did the first one! Okay, now for the questions. I think I’m going to do both sets Julia gave me. For the first set…here we go:
This post is a bit different from most of mine, but I hope that through it you can see my heart behind what I do. Behind this blog. This will be a little glimpse at what writing really is for me, and why I’m passionate about it.
How important is writing, really? I’ve been writing seriously now for a little over a year, and it’s easy to get trapped in a cycle of believing that you need to do better. You need to work harder. You need to write more words. You need to get published.
Stop. Just stop and listen to those words. You need.
What we need to do is live for God. Not accomplish great things just to prove ourselves to the world.
For some people this is the case, yes. There are people out there who need encouragement driving them forward because they’re not excited about writing yet. They aren’t motivated.
We’ve all had our days of banging our head against the wall because we’re stuck. Again. And your brain is dead. You have a deadline coming up too. You need to write that blog post. You need to finish outlining that novel.
But the ideas aren’t there. You feel like doing anything else but actually writing. (Or outlining, in my case)
That was me a few days ago. And I stayed that way for a few weeks. But I also got out of it, and my brain is finally spinning with ideas.
Friends mean so much to me, and I know they mean a lot to many of you. I value really tight knit friendships and people around me who will be there when I need someone to talk to. I value people who understand me.
We all value love, and want people to care about us. It is part of human nature to want to feel cared for.
I’ve always been that girl who longs for someday, the day I will find the perfect prince who will marry me and bring me home to be his forever. Some girls look for “the knight in shining armor.”
But whoever their ideal man is – their heart is filled with dreams of the most amazing romance ever. But as we all get older, we often start to forget these dreams.
Deep down, we still long for the perfect man, but looking around at this world, we wonder if he even exists? Girls are told to forsake their dreams, or that , “their expectations are too high.” We hear, “You’ll be an old maid if you hold onto those kind of impossible standards.”
Although the world may tell us differently, there is a perfect Prince. I know of the most beautiful romance ever created. The Author of romance is molding and perfecting the most beautiful love story in history. Our standards are not worthless. We long for really, true love for a reason.