November is Nanowrimo — celebrate by putting pen to paper for 30 days straight.
Wait…what, exactly, is Nanowrimo? The pseudo-acronym stands for National Novel Writing Month (formerly the Office of Letters and Light), a non-profit dedicated to keeping the art of the novel alive and inspiring creativity’s spark. Sure, Nanowrimo officially kicked off on November 1st, challenging participants with the task of writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, but that doesn’t mean taking part is completely out of the question, even if you can’t — or don’t want to — commit to writing an actual novel. I’m a firm believer in doing what you can for the sake of creativity. Whether you actually consider yourself creative or not, allowing yourself the space and time to explore what you’re capable of — what you’re able to create — expands your vision and stretches the mind. You might even surprise yourself. Nanowrimo is a sort of crash course in this practice, a little push to get your imagination flowing by putting pen to paper.
With the trees slowly being stripped of their autumnal leaves and quickly darkening days upon us, November is the perfect time to curl up and write. Looping handwriting, recording thoughts and actions on the page that sits before you, a steaming mug of tea by your side. A novel, a journal entry, a letter…we should all feel our stories are worth telling and worth sharing. Your written word can tell so much more than an Instagram image or tweet. So this month, I’m committing to 30 days of writing. It won’t be a novel. I doubt it will reach 50,000 words. But do something every day, for 30 days, and you’re bound to see development. Below I’ve created 30 writing prompts to spark the flame of creativity — some are abstract, some a bit more direct, however you choose to interpret them I hope you’ll join me in recording your thoughts, dreams and realities.
- A dream
- Your reality
- Last night
- The fears within
- Soft focus
- The taste of a memory
- In 5 years…
- An adventure you hope to have
- Plans you made… and broke
- The way music makes you feel
- Imagine the last place you were lost — what would it be like to live there?
- What you’ve learned
- A short biography of your mother (real or imagined)
- A promise you made
- A day you felt truly happy
- The journey
- A day spent in their shoes
- Bad habits
- Your greatest accomplishment
- Put into focus (perspective)
- Imagine yourself as a building — talk about your life and memories
- The taste of a color
- You, from another’s perspective
- A day in the life of a place
- She didn’t realize it at the time, but…
Check out the official Nanowrimo site here
+ Will you be participating in my 30-day challenge? Have a journal entry you’re particularly proud of and want to share? Post it in the comments!