NaNoWriMo 2014

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This year I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time. 50,000 words in 30 days, a pretty daunting task but I’m up for the challenge. I’ve never written a novel before. In fact, I’ve never written more than 8,000 words for a single story. I’m hoping that this will be the push that I need to actually start and finish a novel.

I’ve come up with what I believe to be a pretty entertaining story idea and have even gone as far as writing a basic outline, character descriptions and chapter outlines as well. This is the most amount of work I’ve put into prepping a project.

Once it starts, if I get the time, I’ll update you all on my progress and word count. Maybe that will help keep me on track. I tend to get distracted easily.

If anyone is participating in NaNoWriMo as well, add me as a buddy. Lapseofmind is my username.

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For a little while now(about two and a half years) I’ve had the desire to be a writer. I figured I’d give it a shot and wrote a few short stories, posted them on a couple author sites and received some pretty decent reviews. I though, hell, I’m ready for this, I can do this. I started submitting shorts to various magazines and journals and received rejection letter after rejection letter.

I became discouraged.

It got so bad that I took a long break, then a short stint back into writing, followed by another, even longer break. This has continued. Now, here I am today with the trigger finger itch to write. The thingimg via technoliteracy.org is, with any discipline, it’s exactly that: a discipline. I realize that I have to write. A TON. If I wanted to be a great painter, I’d have to paint a lot of pictures. If I wanted to be a photographer I’d have to take a lot of pictures. So, since I want to be a writer, reason suggests I’d have to write a lot of stories.

With that, I’m taking my own advice and writing. I’m continuing stories that I left unfinished, starting new ones, will be participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time and plan on writing short stories for contests and competitions.

Consider this post me stepping back into the arena, only this time, I’ve come prepared to fight and, quite possibly, win.

Don’t let your life pass you by, not doing what you want only because you’re discourage or lack confidence. It’ll only happen if you make it happen.