Okay, just to let you all know that yesterday I signed up to compete(well, against myself) in writing a 50,000 word rough-draft novel in just 30 days. NANOWRIMO will be my very first attempt at this. A definite challenge for a writer who has difficulty finding time to write. But I figured I’d challenge myself, and this would definitely be a challenge. A challenge to my excuses, and a challenge to my imagination, and a challenge to my will-power. Can I do this? Will I make the deadline? What am I to write about? Do I go with a novel idea already partially started or with a completely new idea?
Any encouragement would be greatly appreciated. That extra push is always a great motivator. Has anyone done this challenge already? Is anyone out there attempting this one this year, like I am?
The last few days I am going through the Thesaurus and jotting down words to describe walking. Yes, walking. Why? I am trying to be inventive in describing how people in my fiction move. And there a many ways to describe: Stroll, stride, meander, amble…okay, I don’t want to bore anyone. I find it lots of fun, and entertaining, to begin the editing process. I am excited to finish up a piece and getting the chance to submit it. I know that this fear of rejection must be wadded up like used tissue(ick) and tossed into the trash. As writers, we know that fear can suck the creativity right out from underneath us. We cannot let that happen to us. We have a dream we must cling to. Never release it because of fear. Don’t allow anyone else to discourage you either. Do your best and always, always believe in yourself and your abilities. Write on, my fellow creative types. Until next time.
Okay. Okay. I actually got up at 4:40 this morning and felt psyched and ready to write. No coffee. No nothing to help wake me up. Just me and my thoughts. So far so good. I have my laptop fired up, and my works-in-progress ready to go. My brain is ready to play too. I meant to write for an hour, but wrote instead for about a half hour. Better luck next time? Maybe it’ll take me a few tries at getting up early to finally get moving and my fingers flying over the keys. But, hey, it’s a start. And I’ll take it.
What I’m enjoying now is going on different writing websites and author’s blogs and checking out all the helpful and informative articles and thoughts of fellow bloggers/writers. What are some of your favorites? Who are some of your favorite writers? Me personally, in the romance category they would be: Lori Foster, Karen Robards, Heather Graham, Kat Martin, and Lora Leigh. In the thriller category: Vince Flynn(R.I.P.), Mark Greaney, and Alex Berenson. But my book collection is vast and diverse. I’m always looking for new authors to discover and enjoy.
Writing is good for the soul. It can lead to self-discovery. It can help us understand the world around us. It can also help us temporarily escape the world around us while engrossed within the pages of a fascinating book. Do I make sense? Does anyone else out there feel that way too? Am I going in all sorts of different directions at one time? Am I even able to gather these thoughts together without them running all over the place? Be it poetry, fiction, non-fiction; I love it all. Writing is liberating. Like throwing off one’s clothes at a nudist colony(okay, maybe that one’s a stretch).
I am a firm believer that a writer is a voracious reader, always hungry for more thrills, romance, interesting characters and great plot lines. New worlds out there to discover. We can be swept up into the past, remain in the here and now, or travel into the future. I will never grow tired of words. They are what makes the world go round. The much-needed form of communication to bring people together. May we, as writers, continue to strive to set the literary world aflame with our brilliance, our dedication, and our love of the written word. Happy Writing.