Ah, fall…my favorite season. It is around this time each year that I find myself participating in a few of the essential autumn activities—apple picking, pumpkin carving, and freaking out because I am not ready for NaNoWriMo! In all likelihood, you have also participated in one or more of these activities yourself, but today I’d like for us to focus our attention on freaking out, and why you don’t have to.
First, Freaking Out
NaNoWriMo has become a staple event among writers, so I need not explain it to you here. An entire website has been dedicated to it (check it out). During the month of November (aka National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo) we all relinquish a hefty portion of our sanity in order that we might have the chance to maybe crank out a 50,000-word novel (if we’re lucky). Thankfully, the Kingdom Pen Community and Staff are here to help you eliminate the italicized words in the previous sentence and retain that robust sanity you’ve built up since the last NaNoWriMo.
Next, Not Freaking Out
The key to beating freaking out is preparation, and Kingdom Pen has numerous ways to aid you with that:
Reserve Your Spot in Our Free Webinar | Friday, October 28th at 8:00 p.m. EST
Josiah DeGraaf (KP’s Editor-in-Chief) and Sarah Spradlin (KP’s Director of Community Happiness) will be presenting on the secret to unlocking your writing success through NaNoWriMo. This is your chance to get hyped so you can enter NaNoWriMo with guns-a-blazing, dropping words like flies, and taking names (to use for your characters, of course). Also, bring lots of questions for the Q&A.
Get Access to Our Daily E-mail List | Starts November 1st
These e-mails will provide daily encouragement specifically focused to help you succeed at NaNoWriMo. I’m not saying that magical rainbows of inspiration will explode from your screen and slap you across the face with a great idea, but who knows! Only fourteen ways to find out, the easiest and most legal of which is to subscribe and see what happens.
Surviving NaNoWriMo eBook | Now Released
Think of the e-book as your friendly NaNoWriMo daily devotional. You will get succinct writing prompts, advice, strategies, and weekly prompts that will keep you focused on Christ so you can continue to write for the Kingdom.
Stay Engaged | Forum, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram
Let’s face it. No, turn around. I was typing metaphorically. Stop literally staring at “it.” Anyway, we all know that you get distracted easily (staring at “it” is a case in point, so stop “it”!). Distraction for you probably involves surfing the Internet while NOT WRITING. Since we realize you need to take a break occasionally, we offer a productive break. You can head onto our social media platforms to get some much-needed encouragement between churning out your buttery sentences.
Lastly, True Peace
As you can see, there are several resources you can use to help you NOT freak out. But the most important thing is to spend time in prayer and in the Word. Remember the words of Paul:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. …What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:6-7,9).
This can be a nerve-racking time, but it can also be a time of great discipline, devoting your gifts to the Lord, and finding your peace in Him. As you embark on this journey into storytelling, I encourage you to keep the greatest story of all time close at hand so you can spend time writing His Word on your heart.