Take the entire month to create a single piece of work or art. Every day develop it a little further- your work can be undone, redone, and altered as often as you choose, but keep one singular goal in mind. What can you do when you focus your effort on writing a novel, recording an album, perfecting a painting, or stitching together an amazing costume? Remember, like all the goals of The Brave New, the point is to see what happens. The point isn't to force a magnum opus, but rather to let yourself go in pursuit of one thing.
Simply make one single new thing over the course of the month.


All too often in our frenetic lives we spread ourselves thin, frantically trying to accomplish as many things as possible and getting swept up in a wave of anxiety. Sometimes in an attempt to do as much as possible, we forget the beauty in focusing on doing one thing- and doing it well. Try to capture the meditative quality of pouring yourself into one goal!

Bonus points!

See if you can invoke a new skill you've picked up in the course of the Brave New to create this thing. What was the skill you picked up in February? Were there any people you met in January that inspired you to direct yourself somehow?

An Interesting Coincidence!

What-ho? It just so happens that November is also NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH? Feeling like you need a nudge to give you some impetus? Maybe NaNoWriMo is something you too would like to try your hand at!


NaNoWriMo.org - National Novel Writing Month! Join up with thousands of people who
support each other in the attempt to bang out a big in the month of November!

Alright Brave Newbies.  I’ve learned a lot progressing into the Brave New, and one of those things is:  I suck at maintaining a site.  I have piles of writing that’s gone “unpublished” onto thebravenew.com, and clearly I have some hurdles to jump here.  That being said, I’ve always felt like there’s no kill like overkill-  so if I’m having trouble writing, it’s time to really pour myself into writing and get over it.  Oh, also I’ve always wanted to be a novelist.  That being said, you know what I’d like to do for November’s pursuit of one great “opus”?

I’m going to write a novel.

It’s no coincidence that this month lines up with National Novel Writing Month.  The goal of writing a novel is too specific for the deliberately open monthly challenges for The Brave New, but it falls well within the guidelines I’ve set up for this month.  So, for those of you joining me in the month’s challenge, if you’re looking to do something really difficult, why not attempt it with me?

Looking out on the unrealized adventure that is November, I’d like to remind everyone:
All good stories start somewhere!

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Founder and editor of The Brave New, Phil Warren is now an accordion player, a minister, a sonic weapons expert, a director, a photographer, a public speaker, and a bunch of other things. Mostly he's an adventurer though. An adventurer who smells nice. Except when he doesn't.
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One part Burner and one part Engineer; I’ve lived through twenty-five-and-a-half winters, and aim to keep it that way. My world is a strange one, and it’s my goal to make it stranger.

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