The calendar says November, and that means NaNoWriMo is underway. National Novel Writing Month draws authors and aspiring novelists out of daily routines, as these intrepid individuals pound out full-length fictional works in 30 days.
NaNoWriMo participants: I’m not playing this year, but I salute you for your initiative and incomparable instincts. Mostly, I admire your imagination.
I’ve done NaNoWriMo before, and it nearly killed me. Writing thousands of words a day for an entire month, on top of ongoing news beats and feature article assignments almost did me in.
But I survived NaNoWriMo. I wrote the 50,000-word work. Then I reintroduced myself to my real-life family and friends and went on with life.
I’ll be back another year. Wanna know why?
Writers gotta write.
OK, that departure from diction was intentional. Call it poetic license, if you like.
Last spring (and the spring before that), I did NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Writing Month. And I had a blast. I love working with words and finding intriguing ways to communicate issues and idiosyncrasies of life. That’s my niche, and it oddly suits me.
(Maybe I can use that one.)
What’s your gift from God?
Are you a creative communicator? A skilled craftsman? An adept administrator? Whatever talents you received from the Almighty, you have likely experienced the joy of exercising them.
You may even have trudged through the discouragement of not using your God-given abilities for a time.
He alone decides
each person should have.
(1 Corinthians 12:11b, NLT)
God’s gifts grow when we use them.
Teachers thrive in teaching. Builders do best while building. Artists achieve greatness through applying their artistry. Athletes shine in their own fields or arenas.
Sure, we all may have spells of idleness. We may seem sidelined for a season. But a true gift glows somewhere in one’s spirit until it’s fanned into full flames again.
I’m thankful for inviting imagination.
I’m waiting for it … and excited to see where it will spring up next.
For what are you thankful?
Thankful at Thanksgiving
Adapted from public domain artwork
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