My Unschooling Book Series (1)
My Unschooling Book Problem
Did you hear the story about how I’m writing an unschooling book? Is it fiction? A tall tale? Fantasy, perhaps? A wild, impossible imagining?
A very long time ago, I set out to turn this blog into a book. Several times since then, I’ve said, You remember that book I’m writing? I’m going to finish it! And although I do have a first draft manuscript, I can’t seem to get it to the publishing stage. Why not?
Have I just lost interest in sharing the unschooling story? Perhaps I’m telling myself that there are plenty of other unschooling books out there. Why does the world need mine? Or am I just too lazy to get down to the serious work of turning my unpolished thoughts and stories into a proper book?
I’m not sure what my exact problem is. All I know is that this incomplete book is taking up a lot of space at the back of my mind. It’s refusing to budge. Perhaps it’ll stay there forever unless I do something about it: Delete it or finish it.
Soon I’ll be moving on. My unschooling blogging days are numbered. My girls are growing up. I’m running out of stories. Also, I feel the need to do something different. I’m wondering if an unschooling book would be the perfect way to say goodbye.
One of my first thoughts this morning was: NaNoWriMo starts today. I’m not signed up. Unlike three of my daughters, I don’t plan to write a novel during the 30 days of November. But I do have a writing idea: While my daughters create marvellous adventures in their fantasy worlds, could I work on my unschooling book? And to keep me motivated, could I publish a blog post each day sharing something I’ve written?
30 blog posts in 30 days? Can I do this? Maybe. Would anyone read all my posts? I have no idea. All I know is that I need a challenge. I’m stuck. My creative life has no focus. I can’t seem to find the thing I’m supposed to do next. And perhaps I never will until I tie up all the unschooling loose ends.
Announcing a challenge is dangerous. What if by the end of November I still haven’t managed to get my unschooling book in order? What if I once again abandon it? I’ll be back where I started. Except I won’t. I’ll have written 30 extra unschooling blog posts. Even if I never publish a book, these posts might be a good summary of my blog.
Some Writing Resources
So are you doing NaNoWriMo? If so, have you planned out your novel? Are you excited at the thought of writing 50,000 words in 30 days? My girls are. They can’t wait to get started.
Yesterday, Gemma-Rose and I listened to the latest episode of the Writing Excuses podcast: NaNoWriMo 2017 Primer. Then we had a look at two writing websites, mentioned in the podcast, which might be helpful during NaNoWriMo (or at any other time when you need an extra push to get your words from your head to the computer.)
If your word count isn’t rising as quickly as you’d like, perhaps you can visit My Write Club and organise a word sprint or word war or just set a writing goal.
And if you’d like to combine writing with an online game, take a look at 4thewords:
4thewords is an online space where the daily habit of writing is empowered and rewarded through game mechanics. Heroes, quests, legendary items and battles with epic monsters encourage you to pursue that one simple, yet elusive goal: writing. This is a place to take the deep dive with the Muse, rack up the 10,000 hours to mastery, and come out screaming “I care!” “Eureka!” and “I’ve done it!” Or maybe just type it out… not everyone cares for screaming, you know?
Will You Join Me?
It’s November 1. It’s the first day of NaNoWriMo. And this is my first post of the month. Will you join me tomorrow for the next instalment of my unschooling book blogging challenge? Please do!