Actually... it's only 4 days away!
you guessed what I'm talking about and maybe you didn't, but I'm
talking about the biggest event to hit my life every November. National
Novel Writing Month!!
*insert cheering and fist throwing*
is possible (especially if you aren't a writer) that you've never heard
of NaNoWriMo (as I will refer to it). Well, if you haven't, check out their site and get familiar with what they are about. I'll give you a brief intro here for fun.
started with this really cool guy named Chris Baty who, as an author,
decided to write a novel in a month. At that time he chose July and
brought a few of his friends in on the fun. They challenged themselves
with writing 50,000 words (their definition of a novel for this event)
and come July 1 at 12:00am they started on their quest. I regret to
inform you that many of them did not cross that invisible finish line on
August 1st but they were a heck of a lot further in their novel than
they had been before - in some cases, only a page, but still!
Since that time Chris has gone on to write a book called No Plot No Problem
(book review coming as soon as I finish it...) and has moved the event
to November - which I'm completely happy about! Though it is one day
shorter than July, it's in the fall which is just better all around in
my humble opinion.
Enough about all of that though.
My purpose for writing this post regarding NaNoWriMo is two fold. First
of all, I am challenging myself to write more often on this blog. It's
hard because it competes with my photography blog
for my time. That is an excuse, but it is legitimate since photography
is something I'm passionate about and interested in furthering my
Writing, however, is also a passion. As
of late (I'm sure brought on by the semi fall-like weather) I'm
remembering how much I love to write. That does seem to happen to me
each and every fall! Grey cloudy skies and rain seem to infuse
creativity and inspiration into my veins! This time it's a little
different though. My second reason for writing tonight is to say that
I'm seriously considering pursuing publishing. Yes, you heard it here
first (well, first media wise). I have 3 books completed, 2 more very
much in the works, and about 100+ more ideas... can you tell I have an
active imagination!? It has always been in the back of my mind to
publish - I mean, if I'm going to consider myself an author I should
have readers, right? And if I want readers I'll definitely need a
platform to get them the material to read.
is scary. It's not some cut and dry process that guarantees you
anything. It's also not something to be taken lightly. Because of
that, I am refining my current books while trying to forge ahead on my
unfinished manuscripts as well. Oh, did I mention I work full time and
do photography part time among several other things? To answer your
question - yes, I may be partially crazy. But I'm an organized,
motivated, passionate crazy person so it just may work out. With this
season in my life I think it's possible as well as something the Lord is
prompting me in.
So, you have been fully briefed on
my life at this point. Come November 1st (probably at 12am...) I will
start my next novel! As a treat to those who actually read this blog and care about what I write - that may be a very small number of you ;) I'll give you a little taste of this novel.
was just falling asleep one night when, out of no where, I had a
dream/vision? No, nothing like Mary and the angel, but I definitely saw
the beginning to this new story in full color with vivid clarity. It's
set in the future and titled Worlds Tour. Now, I'm not sure on this,
but it may be classified as Sci-Fi... but if there are no aliens and
little science does it still fit in that genre? Maybe it's just like
what I normally write but set in the future with a little more action?
Either way, it will be following the story of a woman, Serafin, who is
searching for her brother Graeme. She stows away on a ship headed on
its Worlds Tour (to be explained in the book) in order to find him. As
I've been planning out this book I have come to the realization that
it's in fact a trilogy! Lots of action, a bit of romance, and of
course, the fight for good vs. evil.
Please feel free to
ask me how NaNoWriMo is going - those 1,667 words per day wont write
themselves - your accountability will be greatly appreciated. I will
try and post more here to keep you all updated on Serafin's story. If
you write, I'd highly suggest you try writing a novel in a month
with me! Let me know if you decide to join and we can become buddies
:) It's so fun and challenging and nothing feels better than making it
to 50k in 30 days! And let's be honest, even if you don't make it
you'll have started something great!