Okay. Some of you may know that this summer I decided to embark on the huge task of writing a novel. I’ve always wanted to do it but never thought I would actually make it. Not unless I kicked my silly ass into gear anyway.
So this summer I did just that. I super kicked my ass into gear and I got through it.
I wrote almost an entire fricken novel.
I’m still writing it so I’m not even finished yet but to say that I’ve written 51,200 words over the space of this year is stupid crazy. Like I don’t even wanna mention how crazy. I seriously never thought I’d get this far.
Before, I only ever did things like this:
- Start a new novel idea
- Completely fall in love with it
- Never finish it
- Or worse, throw it away.
Talk about killing your darlings.
But I’m on the way to the end now and – Oh my God – I am loving it.
In July, I wrote over 20,000 words through signing up with Camp NaNoWriMo. I don’t think I would’ve made it without fellow campers cheering me on – virtually – until I got to the finish line. They were so helpful!
Now, it’s officially NaNoWriMo 2015 and although I haven’t been writing everyday like most talented people, I’m getting back to it after a bunch of uni deadlines and the flow is finally kicking back in. Get the kettle boiling and the teacups ready because this girl is on it!
As a writer and a reader, my heart lies in teen fiction so this is mainly what I write about. The characters I’ve created have stayed with me this long that I feel like I’m totally discrediting them if I don’t finish this story. Their voices need to be heard. So by Christmas I will have finished it.
This is both a promise to myself and to them. I think I definitely owe them that (not to mention myself!)
(On a side note, God knows how many cups of tea I’ve had while doing this project. My guess is in the hundreds.)
So, basically, my message to you is this. If you want to write a novel – even if the tiniest part of you thinks that you might – then go for it. Because your dreams are tangible.
You can create something out of nothing and, more importantly, only you can tell this story that’s in your head. I guess that’s what makes it so fun. Plus the feeling you get afterwards is amazing.
I’m so excited to finish this writing project.
So go write.