What’s my thing? What am I good at? What talents do I have? How can I change the world? What can I do to help other? What is my life for? These are all important questions, some of them are things I ask myself every day. Why? Because the answers to these question shape how I live my life.
Right now, I’m writing a story for NaNoWriMo, which is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. (By, ‘right now’, I mean as I’m writing this blog post.) For a writer, that’s not unusual; it might even be expected. But I’m also blogging my progress on the story to a site called Steemit.com. You can follow the progress of the story by clicking that link. But, the point of me blogging it is this… well, there are a few reasons. Let me do this in bullet points.
- It keeps me accountable to write daily for an audience
- If I wrote it in private, being my best critic, it may never be seen by anyone
- This story has a message people need to hear
- By blogging, I’m committed to the quality and the quantity of the content. I can’t just quit. People are depending on me to finish this thing
- To get more exposure as a writer and cause my realm of influence to grow
I’m a writer. But everything I listed above is new territory. I’ve NEVER, as in ever in my life, finished a novel! If I finish this it will be a first. Even though I write all the time, I’ve never done anything like this before. That being said, I have a propensity for words and stories, but that doesn’t make me qualified to do this challenge. However, qualified or not, I’m doing it.
Its not about the big, grand, splendid things we think we can do. Its about doing things. This is fall, the month of November, the home of Thanksgiving. We should be looking for ways to give. This is just one way that a writer is giving back. This is one way I can try to make an impact. It doesn’t take anything big, maybe even as small as posting something encouraging on social media. Give back. It’s something everyone can do.
As always, thanks for reading.
—the anonymous novelist