Many of us are sure that there is a book hiding inside of us. It is not likely the next great American novel, but a nice book in there that folks just might like to read if we just put down on paper. I am sure I have one or two, but just never seem to get off the dime and get moving.
At one time, probably the busiest time in my life, I belonged to a writing group when I lived in the Minneapolis metro area. It was a great bunch of creative women and they were both published and non published, back when there was no serious self publish option like there is now with Amazon. They were so supportive and willing to share. They came from a diverse bunch of backgrounds and wrote in the whole spectrum of genres. Some had a couple of names for the different genres they wrote in. If you need to find out a procedure someone was always willing to help you find a person who you could run your ideas past to see if you got the nuts and bolts of how it was done right. They knew chefs, chauffeurs, FBI agents, police detectives, corners, publishers, restaurant owners, wheelwrights, and any anything else you might need. I did lots of research, background work and my analytical mind went into high gear in all that “should do” stuff they tell you that you must do before you begin to write. It should have been the perfect group of people to write with, but my timing was wrong. I never got that novel written.
Well National Novel Writing Month is just about here again and I am going to give it a whirl again. Only this time I am going to be a “let’er rip” girl this time. There are novelists who just sit down and write by the seat of their pants and then go back and fill it in, edit it out, and make the story become a full-fledged novel. I am going to try that this time because the planning approach has not worked for me. I am now in the state of less than a million people, Montana, in one of the more sparsely populated areas and so that cushion my writing group gave me to research before I wrote is gone. I am going to write and when I find a spot I need some research I am going to punt my way through it and come back and find just who and what I need when the need is there and real.
It may be good. It may be bad. No matter, when the end of November finally rolls around I am hoping I have 50,000 words down on paper. A story, that may become a novel. It can’t be any worse than my previous attempt that never got out of the gate. Tomorrow it begins