Wednesday, April 27, 2011

This Time, For Real

I've begun working on my novel.

That looks so weird, sitting out there like that.

I feel kind of silly even saying it.

And yet, here I am. I've joined writer's groups. I'm reading books and sites about editing and outlining and all sorts of madness I've known about in a vague "I need to do that" sense, but not in detail.

I've put pen to paper and cranked out an opening sentence. Not necessarily the one I am in love with, but a starting point to get the story out.

I'm talking about doing NaNoWriMo in November. Making plans to attend a writing conference next year. I'm really, actually, maybe doing this for real.

Excuse me while I take a moment to breathe.

**edited to add a thank you, to Lori...without her kick in the pants, its likely I would not begin this scary journey to rejection. And possibly acceptance.


  1. Congrats for taking that leap. Can I place my advanced order in now for a signed copy? :D

    Not that you need it, but all the very bets for the road ahead.

  2. Consider it signed and shipped. :)

    You're the best!

  3. Absolutely do NaNoWriMo! It's the best thing in the world to get your writing juices flowing. I sat it out this year, but won it in 2009. It's a blast. Go to local write-ins if you possibly can, it's amazing. Good luck!

  4. Oops, meant I sat it out 'last' year, 2010.

  5. Very proud of you! And I'm happy as a clam to have a writing partner in crime, cuz I need the encouragement and kicks too. Yay!!! (exactly how happy are clams?)

  6. @fillingspaces - That is awesome!! Thanks for the encouragement.

    @GirlParker - Where would I be without you? Probably still sitting on my butt, but without a notebook in hand. (And clams are exponentially happier than mussels.)

  7. Obviously I need someone to edit my posts/comments. Bets = best!

  8. YAY! *does a little dance*
    There is nothing in the world like strapping yourself in and preparing for the wild ride of a writing life. I will be doing NaNoWriMo for the second time this November, so you will be among friends!