I guess people deal with grief in many different ways, and I found that my way of dealing with grief after my father’s death on June 27 was to write vague nonets and complete this Weekly Writing Challenge which transported me to my happy place – Los Angeles, the South Bay, and most of all people and places I knew, and still know.
That writing challenge then morphed into a story that is still ongoing and is now at 30,000 words. And wouldn’t you know it? At 30,000 words, I even got to the point of revealing a villain into the story? I am so beyond thrilled! I so smell a bestseller in the air! I do! I do!
A little intermission to actually ground me in reality:
Here’s The Writing and Publishing Process (in Gifs)
So armed with my 30,000-words-in-4-days-feat, I found myself wondering why the hell NaNoWriMo had to happen only on November when I was already halfway through a novel myself in June. Lo and behold! I just found out that Camp NaNoWriMo is on starting July 1st and I am now off to Summer Camp, NaNoWriMo Style!
Which means that as I work to complete a novel in 30 days, I’m also hoping to raise money to support the Young Writers Program and the Come Write In program for libraries and independent bookstores through The Office of Letters and Light, the people behind NaNoWriMo.
And besides writing to deal with loss and betrayal, it’s great to know that writing towards the goal of a finished novel not only gets me a novel that is not fan fiction, but original work but one that also helps raise money towards the support and promotion of literacy everywhere.
So here’s hoping you’ll join me as I go to Summer Camp for the month of July. I’ll sneak out of camp to do my Daily Prompts and other Writing Challenges, of course, and thank goodness there’s always WiFi so I can check what everyone else is writing. In the meantime, I hope to make sure the kid is fed, meals are cooked and the classes I’m supposed to teach be taught as I go about this challenge. And a little bonus – you’ve just discovered my real identity so my internet cover is now blown everywhere.
But then, isn’t that the life of a writer anyway? To whip off that cloak of anonymity (or is that the cloak of invisibility?) and be finally revealed, even if it includes asking you to donate money for a good cause.