Fall is the absolute best…autumnal colors, apple cider, raking leaves, the crisp air, pumpkin spice lattes, cute clothes, and all the creepy cute things! I’m not into the yucky or “adult” Halloween. Basically, I have pretty much the same taste I did as a kid. I do enjoy movies like The Craft, but lets just say my favorite discovery recently is The Worst Witch on Netflix (and I’m eagerly and not at all patiently waiting for Amazon Prime to get season 3 out of Just Add Magic). I am the Halloween Disney Princess.
That is why when this year I combined a creative challenge with my beloved October I finally got the cobwebs shook out. This month I’ve more or less been doing a Halloween drawing challenge. I haven’t posted every one of the posts on Instagram, but when I have posted I have also enjoyed creating fun backstories for all the creatures. I’ve done this on the fly and often in response to comments or texts. I have to tell you it has been amazing. It is like I’ve forgotten that part of myself and I’m rediscovering something I have let languish and until now have struggled to bring life back into. It feels amazing to create something again and I don’t want to ever stop again.
I’ve been wondering what I can do to keep and build on my momentum going beyond October. Then it just seemed to all come together in my head. I also am wanting to get back into the groove with my writing and have a good excuse to step away from the time and energy suck that social media can be to do something creative.
Next month is National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo. I only learned about what NaNoWriMo is a couple years ago. Last year I got so far as creating a profile and doing absolutely nothing with it. I did download Scrivener and had fun playing around with it. I watched a few webinars and a few YouTube videos, but that was all. I had an idea. I still think it is a good one, but it just didn’t land for me. Maybe it is because jumping right into a novel at that point was just not something I was ready for yet. I also think there was something missing for me. It is a good idea, but it didn’t feel at that time like a story I needed to tell. I might even revisit it this year, but I know now I need to approach it differently.
Over the last year I have been working hard to shift how I think about the ways I spend my time and where I honestly want to be. I’m cautiously optimistic that things are turning a hopeful corner with the drawing challenge.
For next month, I have an idea that combines writing and art. I think that was the largest missing piece. I needed to connect to things I love to create and I needed to loop my two loves together, incorporating my artwork with my writing.
Beyond the ideas I have for NaNoWriMo, I have ideas of how to build off of my October and November creativity goals beyond. I look at all the things I have accomplished and I want to turn that inwards and help myself realize my dreams.
Happy Halloween and Happy National Novel Writing Month! Wish me luck and good luck to all of you creatives out there trying to get your groove back!