But, I'm learning.
November is National Novel Writing Month. And the goal of NaNoWriMo is to encourage authors to finally write that novel.
The goal? 50,000 words in 30 days.
Not unattainable if, say, you don't have children, or a spouse, or a full time job that doesn't involve writing novels. Otherwise, 50,000 words in 30 days is a challenge.
My life is a bit nuts right now.
Nuts enough to totally justify skipping this year's NaNoWriMo. But I have reasons for participating. And I'll be sharing different ones with you in the days ahead.
It occurred to me this morning that November will be another opportunity - a 30 day opportunity - to focus on spending my time the way God wants me to spend it. My writing frequently takes a back seat to my life, and NaNo is a great way to bring it to the forefront.
But my life is important. The little life growing inside me is vitally important.
And no novel, not even the sequel the 15 or so people who've read my first novel have been clamoring for, is more important than spending my time in the center of God's will.
So I'm diving in. Taking the challenge. But I'm not too hung up on completing the 50,000 words by November 30th. I want to. I'm going to give it my best. But if God sends me a new challenge, a new opportunity, a new twist on my already twisting road, I won't be viewing it as a detour to my plans.
At least . . . I'll try not to.
I'll follow the path He's laying out for me. And just like a good book, eagerly turn the pages to see what happens next.