Humble Beginnings

On a lark, I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month in 2014. Prior to Nano, I had never written anything creatively longer than a thousand words. I was convinced I lacked the imagination to be a fiction writer. To my surprise, and with a little help from my sons, I wrote 65 thousand words in November. On December 11, I completed the first draft with a total of 90 thousand words. It was life-changing. What was previously impossible was now completely possible. Maybe, just maybe, I could be a writer after all.

Since Nano, I have started three different projects. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to devote on them. I’ve decided to change that. Part of my new writing pledge will be updating this blog and part will be working on one of my works-in-progress.

“If you wait until you got time to write a novel, or time to write a story, or time to read the hundred thousands of books you should have already read — if you wait for the time, you will never do it.” Harry Crews

We make time for things that are important to us. If writing is as important to me as I think it is, then I will find the time to do it. *she says with more confidence than she feels*

My blogs will be about life as an amateur writer. I do not profess to know anything that no one else knows. Nor do I claim to be an expert when it comes to writing. All I can do is discuss the process, document the struggle, and encourage others to join me.

Let’s start a dialogue. Writing is a solitary passion. In my experience, non-writers are bored to tears by the nuts and bolts of writing. None of us, however, is truly alone as long as we seek each other out. I’m looking for my compatriots. I hope you find me.

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