NaNoWriMo Writing a Memoir


November is one of my favorite months of the year.  It's my birthday month and the birthday month of many friends and family members.  This year I'll be spending a week in Paris for my birthday in conjunction with the year of the travel.  I treat November like my own personal new year, a time to take stock of where I am and where I want to go.  This year November also means something else for me, it means NaNoWriMo, but I'm not working on a novel, I'm working on a memoir.  I'm working on "The Year of the Travel".  

I've written recently that I've been feeling a copious amount of writers block and that's very much true, maybe you've noticed my personal blog posts have dropped off a bit?  It's still true as I embark on 30 days of writing at least 2000 words.  I figure the best way to bust through writers block is to write.  

This is one of those things where I think I need to feel the fear and do it anyway.  The thoughts running through my head go a little something like this.  "Alisha, you don't actually know anything about writing a book.  Maybe you should take a memoir writing class first and then try this next year?  Why don't you write out an outline?  Don't you think you should know what your book is about before you start?  Your life really isn't that interesting, who's going to want to read about it?  What makes you think you can do this?  Who gave you permission to be a writer?"  

Some of those are legitimate concerns and some are not.  It's just fear speaking.  Most things in life we don't know how to do until we actually do them.  The point is to do it so that you learn how to do it.  I know that the process is what's most important and that's what's great about NaNoWriMo.  I'm committing to sitting down and writing 2000 words every day specifically on this memoir project.  I've promised myself I can do this and I'm taking my own advice by publicly telling all of you.  The goal is to begin writing my memoir on the year of the travel and have at least 50k-60k words by the end of the month.  I always tell my clients to make a goal, break it down into achievable steps, tell a friend, and then work the plan.  I'm taking my own advice here and now.  

What big idea, project, dream or goal are you afraid to start?  Is there something that you really want to do but the fear voices in your head seem to become louder the closer you get to doing it?  I know that's a normal feeling because it happens every I'm about to push publish on a blog post I'm excited about.  The fear voices emerge when I'm close to doing something really big like when I opened the yoga studio or when I quit my full time job, or when I'm about to buy a plane ticket to travel out of the country.  I'm grateful that I was brave in those times and felt the fear and did it anyway so that I can now look back on those times and know that I can feel the fear and still do this too.  

Are you doing NaNoWriMo too?  Is there a project you're afraid to start?  We'd love to hear from you, let us know what you're working on in the comments below.