Ah, November 1st. The day when writers across the world sit down to crank, beginning a journey that will hopefully end with 50,000 new words written during the 30 days in November. It’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short.
I started doing NaNoWriMo years ago when my best friend Jackie introduced me to it. She’s a NaNo veteran, having done it since the beginning. It’s such a fun idea, and it’s so awesome how it caught on and exploded, providing camaraderie and motivation for writers to help them get past the internal censors that so often stop stories in their infant tracks.
This year, I decided to do something a little different for my NaNo experience. Over the past few months I’ve been working on my photography biz and have really looked at it, and me, under a microscope to see what needs fixing. And the biggest problem I’ve found, one that’s recently become glaringly obvious (I’ll explain in a minute), is that I pretty much suck at getting things back to people in a timely manner. Obviously if you’re a paying client I put you first, but editing takes time, and life gets in the way, and weeks turn into months. It kills me when clients inquire about their work (always nicely). I hate this about myself. So I am going to work really hard on getting better.
So for my NaNo I’m cranking through photos. I currently have a few paid clients on the table I am going to wrap up quickly, which will feel good. But recently I sat down and actually went through the photo shoots I’ve shot for fun in the past two years, ones that maybe I edited only one picture in, or shoots I did for friends, or images that have a crazy composite planned with the hopes of becoming an art piece. And guess what? There are almost 40 composite images and seventy-five shoots I have to work through. Yeah. Fuuuuuuck. I keep shooting and then things like my bad time-management get in the way and more and more get added to the to-do-someday list. Well, someday is now.
So. I’m doing my own NaNo, a NaNoPhoto (I know it doesn’t make sense, national novel photo, but the abbreviation just flows of the tongue, so go with it!). 30 days, 30 shoots and composites tackled. I’m excited to put a dent in my back-log.
I’m also excited to share the stories behind these shoots and images. I want to teach everyone how to do their own fun fantasy shoots and take their art to the next level. So in addition to publishing my completed daily work on Instagram and my biz Facebook page, I’ll also from time to time be dissecting the process to help you see simple ways you can DIY fantasy shoot. Be sure to follow my hashtag #DIYFantasyShoot so you don’t miss out on any of the free instructions and content!
So. Are you going to NaNo this month? Are you a writer, or are you someone who maybe just wants to get shit done? Please join me! It’s so much fun to crank in November, and there’s so much support out there that it makes it that much more fun. Let me know what you’re working on, and let’s keep each other accountable!