It’s November first, and I am a little jazzed. Make that a lot jazzed. Because I have 305 blog posts. With 60 days until the end of the year, I’m looking a goal in the eye and planning to meet it. Face-to-face, up-close-and-personal. Here’s to keeping on for 365 Agains!

A memory on my Facebook page reminded me that five short years ago I attended a writing conference in Colorado with Margaret Feinberg (a favorite author and heroine) and Jonathan Merritt (an awesome person and author of one of the best reads I’ve read this year, Learning to Speak God from Scratch).

This is my “I am the plan” moment at the first Writers Boot Camp in Colorado. It was an experience I’ll never forget.

November first is also the beginning of a novel writing phenomenon called “NaNoWriMo.” For the entire month of November, authors from all over work to write a novel in 30 days. So along with my Facebook reminder, I received an email from the NaNoWriMo challenge written by another fantastic author and inspiration, Anne Lamott. She gave us all a pep talk.

As soon as I read it, I had my again word.

Writing is hard. I would personally rather do almost anything, but by the same token, nothing fills me with more relief and gratitude for having gotten that day’s work done.

Anne lamott, NaNoWriMo Pep talk

She’s so spot on. Writing is hard work. And sometimes I’d almost do anything rather than sit down and spill out. But I’m finding that there is relief and gratitude for getting the day’s work done, and, eventually, there’ll be a whole book about this five year journey. ❤