If I Wrote a Novel About Type 1

It’s NaNoWriMo season.  And in case you’ve never heard of that, I’ll fill you in.  NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month.

I can’t imagine writing a novel.  Let alone writing it in just a month’s time.  But what I can imagine is me finishing up my collection of a couple handfuls of essays about my T1 diabetes.  I’ve started and stopped this project a couple of times already.  I always start it because I really want to… I like looking back at how things, and seeing how far I’ve come.  I think you can only recognize your best kind of growth when you look back.  I think all of our stories of diagnosis, and how we dealt (and are dealing) with it are interesting. Every now and then, I get on a roll with this writing project, but then lose steam when I get busy with something that needs my attention.

But hey!  This NaNoWriMo thing is a great kick-start to finish the first draft of my book about Type 1.  I’ve already written an outline and maybe about half of it the essays.  With one dedicated month, maybe I can pull it off.  One month.  That’s 4 weeks.  30 days.  Actually, 29, since I’m starting on November 2nd.

So here’s my pledge- to myself more than anyone else really-

I will write each day this month towards finishing my book about diabetes. According to the outline I made last year anyway, it will have 14 chapters. I feel like I should be able to get the first draft done for all 14 chapters.  That’s my goal.  It’s doable.

And yes, I realize it’s not technically a novel.  But like I said, I can’t imagine writing a novel.  Not yet, anyway. But I can imagine writing the book I have in mind.  I don’t think the NaNoWriMo rules are real strict, so I’m sure it’s okay.

I’ve heard it said before, “Write what you know.” I KNOW you, T1 Diabetes.  I remember how we met, and I know that whether I like it or not, I’m stuck with you.  I choose to see you as a good thing in my life, and I’m going to keep on making that choice daily.  Just know, the tell-all is currently being written.