Last year this time I thought I had everything set in stone. I was a writer, I was going places and I was writing my first novel.
Little did I know that a whole lot of stuff was going to happen between that November and this November. Finding myself through writing this past year hasn’t exactly been all smooth sailing.
For starters, I never got that novel to publication. Yes, I finished the rough draft – all 80 000 words in 28 days for NaNoWriMo (an online international 30-day writing challenge for writers), but when it came to editing the book, I was horrified at what I’d written. Did I really write that?!
I’ve been told that the editing stage for writers is pure hell. Pages are scrapped, words are scratched out, entire chapters are taken out. It’s brutal. I didn’t have a problem with that. But I did have a problem with my story. It didn’t speak to me. I fell out of love with it. So I let it go. For a year…
But lately I’ve been itching to try my hand at writing another novel. A good friend of mine, Cyndi, felt the same way. She’s started something awesome called YeRoWriteO and it’s genius. Why? Because it gives lazy creative writers like me a support group. Writing is lonely. Yes, it might seem like a great job – and for the most part it is, but there are days when I crave something more than playing reruns of 90s classics on YouTube, typing away into infinity and having no physical interaction with anyone for eight hours other than my two little monkeys. Thank heavens for them, because otherwise I think I’d be going slightly mad by now. And let’s face it, every Tom, Dick and Harry wants to write a book these days. I don’t want to be someone who goes on about wanting to write a book. I want to DO IT!
The other cool thing about this writing challenge is that I have an entire YEAR to finish the book. That’s more than enough time for researching, writing, editing, more editing, more editing, and then finally submitting the manuscript to publishers – or self publishing it.
I’m going to do things differently this time. Last year I went on and on about it all over my blog and social media and look what happened. So, I’m keeping it on the low down for now but I will update on here every now and then, if you’re interested in my progress. It will actually be another good way to make sure I actually go through with the whole thing. I know this is technically supposed to be a health blog, but for me – writing is my health. It’s the air I breathe and it’s the blood pumping through my veins. It gets me excited. It makes me feel ALIVE!
And isn’t that what life is all about? Following your passion? So maybe it won’t hit the shelves of Exclusive Books or whatever, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try.
As for finding myself… writing for All4Women, doing social media updates for a top SA brand, and working as a copywriter at a busy advertising agency has taught me heaps and bounds about myself and how to improve my writing skills. I’m still learning and growing – I don’t really think it’s something you can ever stop.
I’m so excited about this story. It feels different this time. It’s a story with a purpose and I’m going completely out of my comfort zone with this one!
On that note, I’m off to do a little more Q & A with my main character. Right now, all I have is her name. At least it’s a start!