November Challenges: NANOWRIMO and Thankfulness

Photo credit: Miss Kristen
Photo credit: Miss Kristen

It’s November. Most people think pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas a few short weeks away.

Writers think NANOWRIMO, which stands for National November Writing Month. Essentially, it’s a challenge to write 50,000 words (a novel) in one month. There’s a whole history behind it, and many hard core writers change their whole routines to reach this Denali-sized word count.

Half excitedly, half oh-my-goodness-I’m-going-to-get-no-sleep, I’m taking the plunge this year. I confess I’ve modified the challenge; I’m currently writing a YA Dystopian novel, estimated at 80,000 words. I’m 35,000 into it (and worked hard last week to push my existing word count as far as I could).

Maybe that’s cheating; but I’m all about getting a head start. Ha, I’m going to need it to finish the remaining 45,000 words while juggling a job and existing commitments/plans while cramming in as much family time as possible before my brother leaves for Africa.

So if I say no to anything this month, don’t take it personally. I don’t expect you to join me; feel free to drop me a line every now and then to make sure I’m still breathing.

There’s a second challenge I’d like to tackle this month – one you can join me in doing. An article in a business magazine called Entrepreneur gave me the idea. The author shared that he challenges his clients to do the following:

Write down three things every day for which you are thankful. These must be new things, which means nothing can be repeated. No cheating.

So in this case, I can’t work ahead. Okay, agreed.

He goes on to say:

The purpose of the exercise is to train your brain to constantly search for positive angles, because, believe it or not, finding three new things every day to be thankful about isn’t easy.

No, thankfulness doesn’t come naturally. Complaining does. But if the secular world realizes the power of thankfulness, how much more should we as believers practice it?

After all, Scripture commands it.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Colossians 3:15, NKJV, emphasis added)

The sleeves are rolled up. I’ve had my coffee. It’s time to get busy.

What has God given you to do today? Give it everything you have (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

Every day, choose to be thankful.

~ Miss Kristen


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