I have been a creative writing fan ever since my first short story assignment back in 5th grade. Since then I had joined a creative writing club in high school, took two different creative writing classes (one of them I repeated the following year because I could), and found friends willing to write collaboration stories with which we called partnership stories at the time.
I loved watching notebook after notebook fill up with a story we made as friends which would undoubtedly go nowhere once we got bored with the lack of plot line. I still have all my hastily scribbled story events somewhere in the back of my closet, the penciled words faded and misspelled. In high school I heard of NaNoWriMo, or National Writing Month that occurs every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in a single month, essentially writing a whole novel in that time. It didn’t have to make sense or be good, but at least the story was created and the editing process could begin. It is a hard challenge, especially as a student because of project due dates and finals looming. I have yet to finish a 50,000 word story but I keep trying.
Just recently I discovered another challenge that was inspired by the NaNoWriMo community’s enthusiasm. It is called InCoWriMo, or International Correspondence Writing Month. It occurs in February and the challenge is to handwrite a letter each day of the month. They decided to declare February because it is the shortest month so less daunting of a challenge for beginners. The letters can be anything: a sticky note, postcard, long rambling letter, as long as it is handwritten and actually sent to someone. The recipient can be a loved one that you mail it to, a note left in the break room at work for someone to find, or a love note written on the mirror for your S.O. in the morning.
Communities have arisen to share addresses from all over the world and pen pal groups are massing in force. The goal is to make connections and bring back the joy of checking the mailbox. I found this event and could not help but think about the stacks of notebooks I have tucked away and am really excited to get started. While I’m not sure of what all I’m going to do, I’m looking forward to watching this challenge evolve into something as great as NaNoWriMo.
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Let’s get connected! Maybe we’ll even find fellow wanderers in our areas to adventure with, or find adventures others have gone on that need to be added to the list in the future!