Confession: I have not read The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore, the From Left to Write October book club selection.
I fully intended to when I signed up to read it and write a post inspired by it. But, between writing assignments, book reviews and motherhood, I haven’t had a chance to even crack the spine.
The Funeral Dress is about a young mother who takes it upon herself to sew a dress for her mentor when that woman suddenly dies. There was something about the plot and the small town setting that stirred a story in me. So, I’ve decided to participate in my second National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November.
For years, I have been talking about writing a novel. Just talking about it. For. Years. I’ve started several, and by started I mean I’ve written a page or two here and there. The most fiction I ever wrote was 75 pages for a grad school class seven years ago.
That novel is still languishing unfinished.
This November, I am going to write 50,000 words of a novel. I’ve partnered with a friend who is also working on a book (although, not a novel) and I’ve committed to writing an outline and mapping out a writing strategy by the end of October.
I’ve decided to stop talking about writing a novel — and reading, for the moment — and start writing. There’s no other way to get it done. I still plan to read The Funeral Dress but it’ll have to wait until after November.
Will you help keep me accountable?