November is upon us! Yes, yes, now that all the trick or treaters are satisfied with their candy hauls, it’s time to look forward to the rest of the holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and all the other winter holidays. For some, November is the lull before the storm, the time for getting ready to host family and friends, finding perfect gifts, and snuggling by the fire.
While Florida may not believe in winter (seriously, what is snow?), that doesn’t mean we aren’t getting into the holiday spirit!
It’s important, though, to keep one’s sobriety as a top priority. It can be difficult not to get swept up in the whirlwind in the excitement and stress of the holiday seasons, but we have a perfect solution: write your own recovery story for National Novel Writing Month!
For those who don’t know, National Novel Writing Month kicks off each November for new and veteran writers to focus on their craft. While the title may be a bit misleading, you don’t have to write a novel to participate- this is about getting the ball rolling.
Your recovery story is definitely worth sharing. If it serves to inspire just one person to begin their own recovery journey or opens up the mind of someone to understand what it’s like to live with and overcome a substance abuse disorder, put your story on paper.
Don’t know where to start? Just write! Getting the words flowing this National Novel Writing Month will help you get your thoughts together. You are in the driver’s seat, and only you can tell your story the way it should be told.
Writing your recovery story this National Novel Writing Month will give you a platform for exploring those underlying causes of your substance abuse in a new, sober light. Being outside of your past experiences gives you a new perspective; pass on the lessons you’ve learned so others can learn from them.
Set daily and weekly goals for yourself. Rather it’s one page a day or 20, sticking to your plan is rewarding and will keep you on track for getting your recovery story on paper.
Once you’ve got your story just how you want it, self-publishing is an excellent avenue for getting it out there. Making it available for free ebook download or even making a few bucks will help spread awareness and educate the public. If you don’t want the proceeds, you can always donate them to a foundation for helping others begin their sober journeys.
For more information about National Novel Writing Month, visit their website.