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Perhaps you have said it or maybe someone has said it to you: “I’ll bet you could write a book.” It’s true that funeral professionals have a unique place to view the parade of life go by. You hear family secrets, see what their homes look like at 3 a.m. and get to know the best and worst about the families in your community.
Several funeral professionals have turned their experiences into books. Perhaps you have always wanted to write down a few stories of your own. Maybe you have always wanted to write a novel, a memoir or a book of poetry. Well, now is your chance.
Every November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The official challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel within one month (about 1,600 words per day). The goal is not to write a polished masterpiece, but simply to practice sitting down and writing every day.
If you have ever wanted to write more, try using November as a chance to make writing a habit. You don’t have to complete the full challenge. Instead, set your own goal for writing.
Perhaps you would like to:
- Write a letter each week to a friend or family member.
- Write in your journal daily for one month.
- Write at least every other day and finish a 12,000-word short story.
- Write one chapter of your autobiography/memoir.
- Read a daily devotional and write about your thoughts and feelings.
Whatever your goal, use November as a month to try a new habit.
What would be the title of your autobiography? What is the best autobiography you have ever read? Share your recommendations in the comments below.
Dr. Jason Troyer is a psychology professor, former counselor, grief researcher and consultant for businesses that want to better serve grieving families. He has written numerous aftercare materials, including the Finding Hope booklet series, and is a frequent presenter at funeral service professional events.
This information is not intended to replace information from a mental health or medical professional. The reader should consult an appropriate professional in matters related to his or her physical and emotional health.