It’s National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as those of us in the know like to say.
I’m not writing a 50,000-word novel this month. Been there. Done that. And, wrote a book. Literally. I’ve won (completed a book) NaNoWriMo about 2 or 3 times. This year, I’m using the month of November to start back blogging and to prep the books I’ve written during previous NaNoWriMos for publication. Why write if I’m not going to publish?
My Little Writing Nook
Recently, I moved from a 3400 square foot house to a less than 1500 square foot apartment. Talk about a downsize. For the past six weeks or so, I’ve been sulking. Not because of the size of the home. I like living in a smaller space because it forces me to be even more involved with my boys. I’ve been sulking because I don’t have a spacious office, nestled away on the other side of our home. I have a tiny, writing nook.
You see, our move was unexpected, and we moved less than 30 days after we made the decision to move. When we made the decision, I prayed for our family but this time I made specific prayers for me—something I’ve rarely done. One of the things I asked for was a dedicated space for me to write.
God Answers Prayers: My Writing Nook
It’s been hard for me to write. No. I don’t have writer’s block. I have had writer’s apathy.
My apathy arrived when I unpacked my office and accepted that I no longer had a functional space to do the things I want to do creatively. In addition to being well lit and spacious, my old office had a separate entrance, built in shelving, and a six-foot long counter that I used as a desk. I could paint, write and tinker with my photography equipment all in one place.
Now, I have a nook. A place where I can write—that’s it. There is no room to paint, and there is barely room to store my camera bag. My lighting kit, tripod, and props are kept off-site in a storage facility along with my art supplies, good china and lawn equipment.
Tonight while preparing myself for November, I looked at the editorial calendar I made for myself at the end of last year. Of course, I cringed when I realized that I’d taken most of the year off. Then, I looked at this month’s theme and supporting scripture.
Theme: Give Thanks
Supporting Scripture: Colossians 3:17 – “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Yes. Much of the writing planned for November is about thankfulness and gratitude because of Thanksgiving. But last year, God knew that I would need an overt reminder to give thanks in all things—even when writing in a tiny writing nook. Seeing the Scripture also took my back to my prayer for God to give me a dedicated place to write.
God answered my prayer. Not only does he deserve my thanks, but he also deserves my commitment to do what I said I would do in the space. So, I will write—in Jesus name.