NaNoWriMo 2019 Go Us!

I am still plowing my way through NaNoWriMo 2019. I am still engaging in the work. Go me!


Today in the midst of my daily reading about writing and in the midst of rereading my manuscript I am meditating on the importance of my voice in the community…the conversation I bring to the table. I have worked through the manuscript of Pork Chops With the Sentinels Of Azatan one more time. Taking notes as I go and thinking about the connection of scenes within the book and the progression of characters throughout the story, I find myself asking:

“Will this story create conversations of value?”

“Will this book make people think?”

“Will it cause people to disagree?”

“Will it cause anyone to change?”

My sister is in her last performance tonight of the play “Seven”. I saw the piece last night. It was good. I disagreed with many things in the play. It made me angry for the plight of women around the globe. It made me want to have a conversation about….well, …something bigger than me.

That is what I want from my book. I want to engage as well as entertain. I want to start a conversation that will go farther than….well,… me.

We are still plowing our way through NaNoWriMo 2019. By reading this you are still engaging in the work. Go us!

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2019 Go Us!

  1. I’ve felt the same about my writing… I don’t know that I’ve ever gone so far as needing to create deep discussion. BUT I want more than just a “that was interesting” reaction. I want to make people feel. To laugh. To cry.
    I think that is our job as writers to try to impact our readers in a way that brings feeling or change.
    Good thoughts!!

    • Thanks Nicole. Maybe it is all these years of blogging but I have come to a feel that unless my writing creates a connection it does not have a point. I cannot just write for my own pleasure anymore. Art…at least my art needs to build community somehow.

      • I agree 100%! I bought myself a journal, and I’m having a hard time using it (although I’m really getting into my prayer journal these days). But otherwise, it’s making that connection through writing that brings an artistic sense of fulfillment!

      • Yes my prayer journal is perhaps the most important to me as well. And I find I am not journaling so much to keep a diary as to gather thoughts for future ministry and direction. I am learning how to include my writing in my ministry

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