For many years I wanted to become a school teacher and have the summers off to write and paint watercolors. I long since have decided that I didn’t want to be a school teacher and my painting skills never developed, but I have never let go of that urge to write. I have decided that am going to take care of my writing goal. I am going to write a novel. I can’t say I am going to publish a book, if it gets published or not is not under my control. Writing it is.
I wrote my first book when I was in grade school about a girl who lived in a mushroom that looked like the orange canisters popular in the 60’s. I wrote the story and did the illustrations. I am not sure what happened to that book. I don’t remember even a hint of the plot of that book.
I have played the idea of writing a novel many times off and on during my adulthood. Nothing has ever came of it. What makes it different this time? First and foremost I am sharing this goal. I have also found what I think will be a support system online, National Novel Writing Month (www.nanowrimo.org).
NANOWRIMO is an online group that gears up in September, to provide a support system of the things you need to do up front. They support you as you develop your plot and all the other goodies you need to do to plan your novel. Then in November you put the words to “paper.” The goal is 50,000 words by the end of the month. That translates to just under 1,700 words a day. This is no easy goal.
One of the things NANOWRIMO states is that there is a lot of “crap” written during November. Some amazing books that you would recognize have come from this group. Some folks will go back and edit their book and attempt to find a publisher. On the other hand many of the books will never be more than a personal accomplishment. Is that so bad, a completed personal accomplishment? I think not.
I am not yet sure what I will write about, but I’ll keep you posted.