Today, I want to share my excitement and, I admit, a touch of trepidation about a fascinating challenge that’s on the horizon: National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. Now, you might be wondering how someone like me, a “fly by the seat of my pants” writer who usually doesn’t plan much, is approaching this whirlwind of a writing endeavor.

As the founder of the Shin Dao Philosophy, with its focus on developing the body, inspiring the mind, opening the heart, and elevating the spirit, you might wonder how NaNoWriMo fits into this heart-based approach. Let’s dive into this heart-to-heart conversation.

Writing on a Whim: The “Pantsie” Perspective

In the world of writers, there are typically two camps: the “pantsies” and the “plotters.” I’ve always considered myself a “pantsie” – someone who likes to write by the seat of their pants, without a detailed plan or plot in mind. It’s an organic, free-spirited way of creating stories, much like how we embrace life’s little joys according to the Shin Dao principles.

NaNoWriMo, with its strict goal of writing 50,000 words in just 30 days, can be daunting for pantsies like me. But that’s precisely what makes it a thrilling challenge. It encourages us to embrace spontaneity, celebrate the present moment, and seek meaning in our writing journey. After all, life is full of surprises, and sometimes, our best work comes from the heart, unburdened by overthinking.

The Jam-Packed Schedule

My life is currently a whirlwind of activity. I’m actively fundraising for MOVEMBER, a noble cause that encourages awareness and support for men’s health. I’m also deeply involved in preparing for a martial arts tournament where I’ll be a referee, which demands rigorous training and dedication.

On top of all this, I’m coaching a group of wonderful clients, helping them find their way in the maze of life. It’s a fulfilling endeavor, much like embracing life’s sacred moments and affecting others positively, as advocated by the Shin Dao Philosophy.

The Alchemy of Balance

So, how do I plan to balance all these commitments with the intense writing journey that NaNoWriMo represents? The key, I believe, is to integrate these various aspects of my life in a way that nourishes the heart and soul.

Just as the Shin Dao principles guide us to love freely, love deeply, and go in peace, I aim to infuse my writing process with the same love and peace. I’ll celebrate life’s little joys along the way, acknowledging the beautiful alchemy that happens when we embrace all our passions and responsibilities.

The Heart-Based Approach

In the midst of this busy schedule, I’m approaching NaNoWriMo with an open heart. I’ll channel my experiences, emotions, and the energy of my various pursuits into my writing. The heart-based approach is about embracing the sacred in life, finding meaning in our endeavors, and letting go of the busy-ness that can cloud our creativity.

I invite you to join me on this creative adventure, whether you’re a “pantsie” or a “plotter.” Let’s infuse our words with the love and light that the Shin Dao Philosophy encourages. Together, we’ll embark on a journey of creativity, heart, and spirit.

Here’s to a heart-centered NaNoWriMo!

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