How awesome is it that NaNoWriMo falls at the same time the bulk of our novel writing with OYAN is beginning?! In our last lesson, the instructor, Daniel, commented that inspiration is not always a given. Authors do not always have the luxury of waiting to write until they feel inspired to write. Often then have to push through it. It’s not always easy and it’s not always fun.
I think it is my “job” to try to make it fun. One of my most favorite writing memories was working at Yale University while Grace attended a Splash. I wrote at a coffee shop and I wrote at the library and I loved it, every moment of it. I can’t tell you what I was writing about, although I think it was my still unpublished art journaling eBook. What I can tell you is that I felt like a writer. That feeling was what I wanted the girls to experience so we packed our laptops in backpacks and headed to New Haven.
Our first stop was Foundry Music, our favorite music store. We are in desperate need for advanced level sheet music for all things Christmas. Grace is going to play the piano for our Christmas Pageant at church and I am hoping she will be able to play at the local community dinner once a week during the month of December. She needs more challenging material and material that is fun to play.
We walked to Yale on a sunny, 70 degree fall day. It could not have been more perfect. I do not know the entire layout of the library, but I know two rooms that I have worked in and they envelope the writer in glorious silence. The girls actually felt the silence to be strange, which is such as sad commentary on the state of our culture. I explained that there are so few places where you can go for silence now. Silence has been stolen from us with the placement of televisions in our line of vision everywhere from at the bank to at the gas station, even in New York City taxicabs. When silence becomes strange, it is a clear sign that we need to seek it out more often.
My goal for the girls was to finish chapter 1. Grace finished. Lilah worked on revising what she already wrote and then added several more pages. She is not done but she is close, close enough that moving on to chapter 2 will not be too much for her. Our friend Victoria had a goal to write up to 150 pages in her journal and she met that goal.
I know that if we sat at home and I asked the girls to write, they may write, but it would be reluctantly. We have always taken writing outside, to the beach, or to the park. We have 11 more chapters to write. That gives us the opportunity to explore many more magical writing locations.