I’ve participated in 10 NaNoWriMo events in Novembers, winning 9 of them. And I’ve often thought of participating in the other events throughout the year, specifically the April Camp NaNo. But I’ve just not made time for it.
This year, thanks to the lock-downs and quarantines, it seems like the perfect time to dedicate my April to doing another NaNo project. Especially as I have some big disappointments in my creative house right now.
This year, I am the same age that my grandmother, Jerrie Mock, was when she became the first woman to fly around the world. April 17 is the anniversary of her landing that flight. I was supposed to take my first flying lesson that day in honor of her dedication, spirit, and the wonder of it all. But with COVID-19 shut-downs, that probably won’t be happening.
I do have ideas for books to write about my grandmother, however, so I’m finding a different creative way of honoring her – through writing those during Camp NaNoWriMo, while I’m stuck indoors so much.
If you’ve got a creative project you’ve been putting off for a while, I encourage you to take advantage of this strange time in our world. Use these times to create and bring joy into the world through those long-term dreams of writing a novel, a new podcast, or whatever else you’ve got to offer to the world.