So for the last almost two months, I have been writing. I’ve taken the plunge into fiction and it’s been fun! I’m not sure that it’ll be good enough to sell to other people but for me, it was, and still is, an extremely cathartic experience. I’ve found myself hashing out some of the emotional garbage I went through when my Mom died. I was only 20 years old when she died after a relatively short battle with pancreatic cancer.
My second novel that I started in November and have yet to complete also focuses on marriage. If you’ve written this blog post, you’ll know I’m a fairly open book when it comes to my/our struggles in marriage.
Let’s face it. Marriage is tough. Parenting is tough. Life is tough. I’m not one to hide behind a mask and claim everything is perfect. So I made up a fictitious character and wrote about it. How’s that for irony?
At the very end of September, someone that I’ve come to know and admire posted that she was running a NaNo group. It began October 1st.
Well, I jumped on that ship! I didn’t have time to lose! And I knew I would need all the help and encouragement I could get in order to write 50,000 words in a month!
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November.
Boy, am I glad I had the month of October to brainstorm and prepare. I spent time writing every single day in October. Even during the third week when I ran out of gas to work on my fiction, I wrote here on my blog. After I stopped feeling sorry for myself, I continued on with my prep for NaNo.
I learned a lot through my experience in October. I learned that first drafts usually aren’t good.
I learned that I had to stop editing constantly if I was going to get in my 1667 words a day.
And I learned that I have it in me to write every single day. All I need to do is turn on the tap.
There are a lot of inspiring memes out there for writers.
A little progress each day adds up to big results.
Anne Lamott said, “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”
There is no limit to as how rough a rough draft can be.
This is partly because…
There is no good writing, only good re-writing.
Or some say “only good editors.”
So many people I’ve introduced to the idea of NaNo since I found out about it two months ago have told me, “I’ve always wanted to write a book!” But they never do. That’s a shame.
The motto of NaNo is “The world needs your novel.”
If you have an idea, sit down and write it out. It’s probably going to suck. That’s okay! If you can work on it for a few minutes a day, finish the first draft, then go back and re-write it. Edit it. Make it sound good, but only after the first draft is done.
There’s a term called “word vomiting” in the writing world. Think about it.
I officially “won” my very first NaNo by completing 50,000 written words on Friday, November 18th, 2016.
I wrote over 50,000 words in nineteen days.
I also wrote a children’s story which I self-published. Check it out here. I actually wrote that story for my son’s birthday but I loved it so much (and of course, I wanted to have the bragging rights of being a published author) so I went for it! Self-publishing was easier than I thought it would be. Of course, it’s only on Kindle but maybe some day, someone will like it enough to put it into print. And then I’ll travel the world – or at least the city I live in – to do book signings.
And share the secret recipe that’s mentioned in the book. My Mom gave it to me. How awesome is that?
I can always dream, can’t I?
A dream got me to write over 100,000 words in less than two months. That’s pretty cool, if you ask me.
P.S. Sorry for all the ” “.