I failed #NaNoWriMo this year. It’s not that I didn’t write, but that my writing was all over the place, as were my emotions as I reacted to . . . well, you know what I reacted to.
I am disappointed with myself, but I also know that my heart wasn’t in it. I found myself in the “why bother” stage of writing, when it felt like my words were futile. My current manuscript can’t seem to find a home, although I am not giving up hope. The other ideas I am working on haven’t found their voice yet, or I haven’t found mine. They are coming out in pieces, which is fine, but it did not make for an easily flowing 50,000 words.
I know that my project is about the stories that bring us together. I know that my next project has to somehow include my attempt at healing the rifts that divide us.
That’s a tall order.
But this morning I woke up with an idea to get me started. A new LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN! (The link leads to my first time doing this)
When I first launched P.O.W.ER I wrote cards and letters to everyone I had an address for (although some came back, so the addresses were wrong). Call me crazy, but I miss the days of actually sending and receiving letters through the mail. I truly believe that, if we are ever going to be the change we want to see in the world, we need to start understanding each others stories. I believe in the power of words, of creativity, of art, to make the world a better place. So, for sake of my own sanity, and because I want to know more stories in this world, I am starting a personal letter writing campaign. No, this isn’t about politics–it’s about people. Here is my plan, I will write a letter to anyone who wants to receive one from me, whether I know you well or not. All I ask, in return, is two things: 1) write back and 2) write someone else a letter sometime.
The problem with my P.O.W.ER letter writing campaign, though, was that I began to get repetitive with what I was writing, and so I lost steam. To change that, I ask one more thing from you. If you are interested in getting some actual mail from me, please respond below with a question, a phrase, a word, a topic and that is what I will write about. Then, email me your address, just in case I don’t have it.
I can’t promise to write quickly, but I do promise to write. I know this may seem silly in the face of all the challenges ahead, but I believe the stories that connect us are the ones we need to share.