Starting this Friday, November 1, I will be participating in NaNoWriMo {National Novel Writing Month}, during which I will attempt to write the first draft of a novel, or 50,000 words by midnight on November 30.

Yes, you read that right. I’ll be writing 50,000 words in 30 days.

At least that’s the plan.

It’s a plan I’ve tried before. Two years ago. But I opted out before I even wrote a single word. But this year, I’m determined not only to start, but to finish. All 50,000 words.

This year I have writing buddies. This year I have a story idea. This year I have a husband dedicated to getting up at 4:00 a.m. to chase his dream of being a composer.

He’s been doing this pretty consistently for close to a year now.

And even though I am so not an early-morning person, I am determined to rise and write before my girls wake and start their day. Because before I had these sweet girls, I was more of a morning person. Before there were nighttime wakings and nighttime needs, I greeted the dawn with anticipation.

There are still nighttime wakings, but they are fewer.

If I can discipline myself. If I can take control of my time. If I can choose writing over mindless Internet surfing. If I can do these things, I can meet the dawn with anticipation once more.

Because partly I have taken to staying up too late without reward. Mostly to unwind from a day of gentle parenting and homeschooling. But life is about choices. 

Life is always about choices. What we choose to do. What we choose to forgo. How we choose to live.

And so I choose.

I choose to go to bed earlier.

I choose creativity.

I choose to hammer out words early in the morning and focus on my girls the rest of the day.

I choose to fight fear and doubt and resistance and all manner of uncertainty.

I choose to chase my dream and pursue my passion.

I choose to fulfill my purpose and trust God’s promises.

I choose to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

And I am thankful that I have a husband who gets that. Who doesn’t only get that, but supports it. Supports me in my pursuit of what can only be characterized as a crazy dream.

But it’s a dream.

In fact it’s a long-awaited, long-gone-missing spark. And I am eager to fan its flames.

And I am excited to share this journey, this wild 1,667-words-a-day, punch-fear-in-the-face, overcome -any-and-all-writer’s-block, wild-ride journey with my husband.

My husband who believes in me. Who inspires me. Who encourages me in my story. The one I will write during NaNoWriMo. And the one I live out each day.

Especially the one I live out each day. The one I live out with him.


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