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Write that Novel in your Heart!

November is National Novel Writers Month, commonly known as NaNoWriMo.

The goal is for folks like you to write a 50,000 word novel in a month.

I’m writing a new novel,  As the Crow Flies, and need to add 50,000 words in the coming month.

This is an invitation to join together and write.

We’ll be sharing ideas and encouragement through the end of November.

You don’t have to tell anyone that you’re attempting to write a novel. (Take it from me. They will say all types of things!)

But the act of attempting to put your story on paper will stretch and grow you.

Here is the story why I’m passionate about this right now:

As most of you know, my Dad was my hero.  He was  a man’s kind of man who loved people and they loved him in return.  Dad’s younger brother, Bill Iles, shares many stories about my Dad growing up.

Recently Uncle Bill said,  “Curt, did you ever see the book your Dad was writing?”

This was news to me.

He continued, “As a teenager, your Dad had a notebook full of pages and pages of a book.  He didn’t show to anyone but he wrote it in all the time.”

I wish Daddy was here to ask about that book.

Where did it go?

Why did he stop?

What was his dream about?

This both heartens me and breaks my heart.  The man that was my hero had a story to tell and somewhere along the line, that dream died.

My Dad had a super-full life and left this earth with few, or no, regrets.

I do wish I could’ve helped him tell his story.

It’s too late for that.

But it’s not too late for me to encourage you.

Write your novel!

Or if you prefer, tell the story of your life.

Your family will thank you for it.

Make a calendar of how many words you'll need to write to reach 50,000.
Make a calendar of how many words you’ll need to write to reach 50,000.

 

During this week (and month) we’ll be sharing ideas.

I invite you to walk along. I need your encouragement.

I invite you to tell your story.

 

 

About Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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