It’s that time again!
NaNoWriMo is sort of a contest, except the only competition is with yourself. The idea is to write 50,000 words (about 150 pages) of a novel in the month of November. Quality isn’t important, as you can always go back and edit a draft later. The big thing is, it handles Writer’s Block by conditioning people to treat writing like a job and just write. Last year’s NaNo was what turned me from a dreamer to a writer, and…
…I’m going to get a little personal here.
I waited too long to start writing.
Like many would-be authors, I had a supportive family. Yay, family! But let’s focus on my mom for a moment. Anne Morey, my mother, was strict at times and a little crazy, but overall extremely loving. And she always, always asked me if I was writing. And I always had an excuse. Whenever November came around, she would point me to NaNoWriMo, and I would say I was busy or something – you know, ways to cover how I felt insecure and wouldn’t risk it.
This is my mother on May 16th, 2012, on her 64th birthday.
Eighteen days before she died.
Oh Mom, I miss you. I miss you so much. And I wish I could show you what I’ve done. But I wasted all those years being silly and self-centered and insecure when I should have just gotten off my ass and started writing. But I know you were proud of me, nayway – hell, I know you are proud. I just wish I could have the time to share it with you now.
So, last year, I looked at myself, and I looked at NaNo, and I said:
“Screw it. I’m writing.”
And guess what? I’m well on my way toward publication. I am making imaginary worlds come alive. I am finally writing like I was meant to.
To anybody who may be waffling, don’t. Don’t waste any more time. Take life by the horns and ride it to the best of your ability. Worst care, you find that writing isn’t for you, and you move on. But best case? You open a brand new treasure chest.
So, this NaNo, I will be writing another book in the Vintage Soul series, because hey… it’s a good opportunity. If I land a traditional agent, then I can have books lied up. if I choose to publish through Amazon and CreateSpace… then I have books lined up! but expect updates all next month as I delve back into the realm of crazy binge-writing!