So, I might just be completely insane, but I’ve signed up to participate in NaNoWriMo. That’s National Novel Writing Month, for those of you who (like me a year ago) have never heard of it. Participants sign up to write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November.
That’s 1666.66667 words a day.
And I struggle to write a 350 word post each week.
And I’ve never written fiction.
Even in second grade, when I won the Young Author’s Award (yeah, look at me steaming up my nails and brushing them on my pajama shirt), it was a true story about my dog Tasha’s near brush with death. It was cleverly titled, “My Dog Tasha”. The pictures were great. Wonder where that is? (Geesh, and we moms worry about keeping every little picture our kids sign their names to!)
So, anyways… sometimes (OK, always, you just have to be looking for it) God gives you just what you need, and I think this might be one of those times.
This is going to seem a bit circuitous, but here goes:
I’ve been working on writing a Bible study for a few years now. But, I felt terribly under-qualified. The idea of getting a Masters in Theology has been playing in the back of my head for quite some time and recently really began to take shape – to the point of investigating schools, getting pricing, looking at scholarship info, and even – gasp! – sharing my desire with Ray (fearing that he would wig out since we’re still paying on his college loans – don’t even talk to me about saving for the kids’ college!)
Clearly, we are not in a position to send me to school to the tune of $12K or more.
So, I began to pray: “God, if you want me to do this, please show me the path.”
A few days later, I was looking at a publisher’s website and saw that they are specifically looking for Catholic teen fiction. That sort of clicked with me in a scary sort of way. Scary because, while the idea of writing fiction has popped in my head a few times lately, writing teen fiction was never part of my thought process.
Exciting because… I thought, “Hmmmm…. I might be able to do that.” And, “How cool would it be to impact a young person, about to embark on a lifetime of choices?”
If only I had an idea to get started.
So I prayed, “God, if you want me to do this, you’ve gotta give me an idea. ‘Cause I sure don’t have one!”
And then, Saturday morning, a new Twitter friend, @Catholici_T, tweeted me, “@afewbeadsshort, but have you ever pondered the power of just a single bead of the Rosary?”
My first thought was, “Great thought! I think I’ll make a blog post of that!” And I still might.
But after letting the idea roll around in my head for a few hours, it turned into a Catholic teen novel. What d’ya know? Maybe God does want me to write this.
I’m an “all in” kind of gal. It’s either all or none for me. So, writing a novel in a month seems like a good way for me to go about it. Here goes. T minus 35 hours and counting.