I am not the most skilled writer, nor the most eloquent. But writing has been in my soul since I was young. I remember when I was 5 years old and my mom took my sister and I to the local dime store to pick out a toy. I picked out a plastic typewriter with a yellow return lever and red keys, and from that moment on I knew I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.
I filled notebook with poetry, short stories – I have even started a few books. When I was deciding what my major was going to be in college I was torn between journalism and creative writing. But as fate would have it, I ended up in beauty school instead and 17 years later I have yet to finish any of those books.
I still love to write, but I am rusty at it. Writing this blog has given me some outlet, but I haven’t tried my hand at fiction in many years. Reflecting on positivity this month has made me take a closer look at my goals and dreams, and made me realize how I have let some of them slip through the cracks. So my friends, I am going to write a novel.
I adopted this 31 day challenge on a whim, and in the same fashion I am undertaking NaNoWriMo with 3 days left to prepare. NaNoWriMo is an amazing non-profit that challenges participants to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Their mission statement is:
National Novel Writing Month organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.
In 2013 310,095 people participated! The idea is to sit down and write, unedited, and just get the story out. Some people start with an outline, some start with a blank page.
My daughter is also participating this year, so I am excited to see her creativity flow, and hoping she keeps me motivated!
Are you participating this year?
This is day 29 in the series 31 Days Of Learning To Be Positive. Click here to check out the entire series.