There has always been an aspiring writer in me. I’ve done a variety of my own poetry, short stories and the like. But have always dreamed of the day I could hold a book and see my name as the author of that book. My problem is that I have great starts to books but have a harder time flushing them out. So I joined up to be part of National Novel Writing Month, which encourages participants to write a novel in a month (basically, 50,000 words — roughly about 200 pages). It often said that when you do something creative it’s best to go with what you know. My truly creative, imaginative side of myself has been dormant for a long time. And doing fiction is far harder than one thinks. It’s important to keep track of characters, where they are going, what tragedies they’ll meet along the way, what experiences they will experience.
I had originally thought that perhaps a cheesy mystery novel, which I love to read, would work but I need to think more about that and right now, I don’t necessarily have the brain matter to do it. When I look at my successful writing (that which I get paid to do and don’t get paid to do) the majority of it (about 95%) is non-fiction. So, perhaps going a non-fiction route would be better. Additionally, I have a particular piece of baggage that continues to crop up now and again: this feeling of wanting to belong and make a difference; to know that I mattered somehow in some way on this planet and that I wasn’t a mistake (the story explains why this is).
Part of my build up to this was writing more often in this and my cigar blog, at least daily but sometimes 2-3 times a day. I figured out that if I was to meet the 50,000 word requirement it would mean I’d have to write about 1,600+ words a day. That works out to 4-6 pages roughly. Of course, as luck would have it I’m working 3 weeks out of 4 this month. I’m going to try to do extra writing on the weekends and when teaching online, do some writing then. Otherwise, I’ll have to crack stuff out early in the morning and in the evenings. I’ll probably put occasional excerpts here for those interested. Anyways, you will eventually find it here at National Novel Writing Month.