I am so excited to be participating in NaNoWriMo this year, for the first time in over 4 years. The last time I attempted this challenge, I was a sophomore in high school – a mere 16-years-old, facing the book writing world with the thought that I would publish my first book by the time I turned 18.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and I am nearing 4 years past my original goal of 18 and published. I am excited, however, for the time I had away from the writing field for me to really realize how much the whole community meant to me.
I didn’t do a ton of writing my last few years of high school and my first few years of college…and I say that in the lamest way possible. I wrote. I wrote stories and poems for my creative writing class, I wrote college essays and papers and, on the rare occasion, I wrote in a journal.
But it was only the past few months that I picked it back up for myself. I try to write something each day, whether it be a short story, or a plot, or even an idea. One thing a day – just to keep me in the groove of thing. And what did I learn?
I missed it.
I missed the way it felt to take over a piece of paper with ink and have people read your words and exhale so deeply when they finish because they were holding their breath the whole time. I miss being the person that can do that to other people.
So here I am – working toward the goal of NaNoWriMo this year. And I’m so excited to be a part of it.
I’ve been plotting and preparing like never before and now I think I’m really ready. It doesn’t start for about another week and a half, but I’m bracing myself for the shock of stress, panic, excitement and late nights that are definitely going to come.
I’ll be posting updates and blurbs from my story as the month goes on – thank you guys so much for showing me so much support with my reading and writing. I cannot wait to share it all with you.