This word for this week has to be writing.
Tuesday marked the start of Camp NaNoWriMo – a writing challenge where I set myself a target word count (20,000 words) for the month and get together in a virtual cabin with other writing friends so we can help encourage each other on. Camp NaNoWriMo takes place twice a year – this year in April and July and I have taken part in it for a few years now. It is a spin-off from NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which takes place in November and challenges participants to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I’ve managed to complete this twice but since becoming a mum, this has become an almost impossible target. Camp offers flexible word count targets which are much more achievable. During camp months, the housework gets a bit neglected in favour of focusing on my writing. Hubby knows that the dust will pile up a bit more than usual this month as most of my time when the children are asleep will be focusing on writing.
Since starting this blog back in April, I’ve been starting to write a lot more. I find that the more I write, the more I feel inspired to write. This week for the first time in many years, I woke in the night with ideas buzzing around in my brain that just had to be written down there and then. I was tired the next day, but it felt good to be inspired once again. I love the writing prompts from the various linkys I’ve joined up with and even if no-one reads my posts, it still feels good to be expressing myself.
I’ve also embarked upon a social history project involving looking back at the Telegraph newspaper archives from one hundred years ago, following the events of World War I day by day starting from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. I’ve been summarising some of the news in 100 word posts. Whether I can keep it up for the next four years remains to be seen.
Joining in once again with the Reading Residence on Word of the Week.