Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Busy October

Wow, October is here already! Not only is it football season and the scary month of Halloween, All Saint's Day, but it's a really busy time of year for many writers. The Muse Online Writing Conference runs from the 13th through the 19th. It's great place to learn a bit, hang around with other writers and all from your own desk.

Many more are gearing up for the NANOWRIMO writing challenge which starts November 1st. If you've never taken this up, I recommend you try it. You'll learn from it and gain whether or not you finish your 50,000 words by the end of the month or not. October is when we brainstorm the new story, create the characters, worldbuild and plot (if we're one of those who isn't a pantser). Yep. It's a lot of work but oh, so worth it.

An online friend posted this quote today: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."--Thomas Alva Edison. All this preparation falls under what this quote means. The Muse and NANOWRIMO are work but both are incredible opportunities...to grow; to create; to be the writers we are with no excuses and no inhibitions.

I can't speak for anyone else but I enjoy being this busy. I know I couldn't go full steam every day of the year, but it feels good to let loose and fly down the writing rails. Just getting to the holidays feeling accomplished helps me relax and enjoy the down time from Thanksgiving through New Years. Less guilt I suppose. All of us could use less of that!

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