Samhain and the NaNo Ninja Empath

Happy Samhain! Or close enough anyway. I don’t have a lot to say about it other than I’ll set a place for Dezi at the table on the 31st 🙂 Not my favorite holiday. The veil is thin and I’m usually confronted by something or other in more ways than one.

(Its ok… I’ll go and sage and put up my protection after I post this. )

So, we’ll postpone the writing prompt party for this month and post about the NaNoWriMo instead! This tidbit was originally published in 2013 but I find it still applicable:

It’s ALMOST November, and the National Novel Writing Month, also known as The NaNo, is upon us.

Ready to plug in?

Across the vast internet, social networking sites, and personal blogs, you will find encouragement, advice, and inspiration. You can almost hear the screams of frustration, see the overflowing ashtrays, empty coffee cups, snack wrappers, and feel the ripping sensation of authors round the world staring at an empty page and tearing at the hair.

messy desk

I have a great imagination:)

Oh yeah, I’m also an Empath.

For me, The NanoWriMo is so much more than a contest, or gimmick, or mere momentary connection.

I enjoy the pull of anticipation of people coming together, plugging in, to accomplish a common goal: Write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

The first time I joined in on the challenge, I hadn’t been published yet – it was just a faraway dream for “someday.” But my muse woke up, plugged herself into the manic energy, and brought me hope. Could this event be the motivation for that elusive day?

once upon a time

1667 words a day, for 30 days. Sounds simple doesn’t it?


My first year, I wrote a story about six women stranded on an island. Each of them had a detailed background, and a point-of-view which I expertly wove throughout the entire story.

Believe that?


I sat on the back screened porch and wrote furiously on yellow tablets throughout the day, and entered them into a document faithfully the next morning. Some nights I would have twenty two pages to put in.

I was proud of myself, and updating that word count was instant gratification for me. Here was something that I could point to and say “See? I can do this!” Maybe, writing a book is not such an unattainable goal.

I liked being accountable – to myself. Here was something I was good at – and at that point in my life, I needed to know I was good at something. I needed some new goals and achievements I could be proud of. The NaNo gave me permission to unleash the stuff going on in my head – to give a voice to the characters I’d created through the years, and then chained the dungeon of “someday.”

See? This is how the Universe works for me. I talked last week about how circumstances and fate kept putting me in the same places as Sandy. If we missed one opportunity, looking back – I can see where another one was offered in its place.

So, the NaNo gave me a short term goal, with quick results – not something for next year, or maybe five years from now. It allowed me to create something out of the chaos.


I reached for and exceeded, the 50,000 word challenge that year. It gave me a profound feeling of accomplishment, one I hadn’t experienced since I was a young girl. One I truly and desperately needed in order to come out of the dark.

I guess my point in this: I couldn’t see the forest through the trees most times. I was taught to look at life through a negative lens – look at the obstacles and the crisis – rather than the progress and solutions. List the reason why you can’t – rather than list the reasons you can. Life is a struggle rather than a journey. Find your flaws, rather than your creativity.

You get the point.

So, in a way – The NaNo has taught me how to look at things differently. Hundreds of people writing in around the world tell me – and hundreds of thousands of additional writers:

Keep going!
You can!
You will!

There are hundreds of blogs, emails, and prompts to help keep you going. The forums are full of suggestions and advice to help you achieve the goal – with good and stellar intentions.

Now, think of this multitude of positive reinforcement going out as energy high into into the world’s magnetic atmosphere. It’s awesomely tangible for me; I can literally feel it – even as I sit alone at my desk in my corner of the world.

hand in energy

So, if you find my posts a little manic and disjointed this month (well, more than usual) – it’s because I’m high on the energy 

Good luck! And remember – my books are the best for Halloween chills and thrills… LOL

It might be a cop out – but I’m also blocking out a project to join in the fun myself.

How about you?

Published by Yvonne Heidt

Yvonne likes to describe herself as being a charismatic and amusing Libra Goddess. On some days she writes like a fiend, but admits that other days, she's just as content to wrap up in a blanket and cuddle with her dogs while watching "one more episode." on Netflix. In between those, she's managed to be a three-time Golden Crown Literary Award winner for Best Paranormal, Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and both a Rainbow Award winner and finalist.

5 thoughts on “Samhain and the NaNo Ninja Empath

  1. Go Nanowrimo 2019! See you there. I’m still outlining a bit in Scrivener. I’m working on my 2nd of 6 erotic novellas….so 50,000K word count is just about perfect. The first book went quickly over 3 months from start to finish. But, I’m hoping to cut down on that length by slamming the writing part out during NaNoWriMo.
    I also find it easier to write with a pencil and paper then transfer to electronic the next day. I think my mind flows easier when I can just scribble. Hopefully, I’ll be able to read it the next day.
    Also, I’ve never really used the writing prompts. People will post a prompt like “add spiders” or something and I’m like, ‘that does not go with my story’. I’m trying to get published here. Why would I randomly add spiders? Plus I’ve never really had writer’s block for longer than it took me to peruse the internet. So many interesting things….so little time.
    If you can tell me how you use the prompts I’d appreciate it. I only ever used them during creative writing class or when I was being challenged to include words during a holiday challenge from the Academy of Bards.


    1. Sorry this is so late Jeanne! I also write with a pencil then transfer. The writing prompts are separate – not anything to add to your story. Just fun little paragraphs to get the blood and creativity flowing. 🙂 Thanks for hanging out! I will pick the prompts back up in the new year…


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