Do you ever think about writing a novel but it never seems like the right time to get started? If so, November is that right time. (Stick with me, non-writers – it’s an important time for you too!)
November is NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a virtual event that has happened every November since 1999. Participants challenge themselves to write an entire novel, at least 50,000 words, between November 1st and November 30th. Impressive, right? Last year more than 400,000 people participated!
I’ve never done it, but I’m inspired by those ambitious writers. Few of them are professional novelists. Most are people just like you and me. They’re busy working parents and professionals. Some are full-time students or work multiple jobs.
For one month out of the year, they commit to adding one more challenge to their already full plates. But just like you and me, they can’t just take a break from their jobs and family responsibilities. Finding more time for their hobbies isn’t easy. They still have to do laundry and travel for Thanksgiving and run errands and meet deadlines. But here’s the key: achieving that goal of writing a novel is important enough that they find the time each day to write. (By the way, 50,000 words in 30 days works out to be about 1,666 words per day. That’s a major commitment!)
I hope you’re inspired by those writers too, even if you’ve never dreamed of being the next Stephen King or J.K. Rowling. “Okay, but where do they find the time?” you might wonder. They’re not really “finding more time;” they have 24 hours in a day, just like you and I do. But they’re making space for something that matters to them, even if it means that other things have to fall by the wayside until December.
So here’s what I want you to take away from this. I want you to know that you can make the same commitment in your own life. Maybe this month you’ll commit to finding more time to spend with your family, or to meeting a big professional goal that you’ve been putting off. The first step is to allow yourself the gift of taking that time. The next step is to get some help making it happen.
At the end of November I’ll be leading an intensive three-day workshop outside of Boston. The tools and one-on-one coaching I’ll be providing during Time Matters Boot Camp LIVE! will help you prepare to end the year on a strong note, and set you up for a happy and productive 2019. Join me November 29th through December 1st – and if you do spend this month crafting that novel, I’d love to hear about in person!
Early Bird Pricing is Available Until November 12th, 2018.