I started the actual first draft of my actual first novel in an actual Pages document today. How’s that for typing many actuals? I was asked by a friend if I would be blogging my writing journey so why not? My plan is to make writing as much of a habit as it used to be when I was blogging regularly so now is as good a time as any. Especially since no baseball is on.
So a couple years ago I heard about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) way too late to actually participate. There’s that word again. NaNoWriMo happens in November at the same time as NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) which I’ve done every ear since starting this blog. When I heard about NaNoWriMo I thought it was a really cool idea so I decided to start writing a novel just for S &G’s. I think I wrote furiously for about ten days and ended up with over fifty thousand words, whoa it’s raining again, of a young adult novel. I developed characters and a plot and a setting, basically just free writing and not fixing typos or editing anything. I opened random text documents to jot down brain storms. I ended up shoving all the documents in a folder and forgetting about it. Those pesky characters I developed had different ideas though. They never left me. Their lives and the story have been simmering in my brain ever since. When I suffer from a bout of insomnia, I revisit them and the little New England town I had set them.
At the beginning of this year, I did a little work with a company called Project Starfish. What I learned after attempting to work in the business world is that I want to write. For real. I want to write and be published and earn money with my creativity. I want to do what I love, not just what I might be a little bit good at. Very few people get the opportunity to dive in to something they love at a later stage in life, so I’m grabbing the bull by the horns and going for it. I’ve known for months that this was the plan. I also knew for months that B and I would be moving into a house. My hope was to find a house to rend with three bedrooms so I could turn one into a room in which to write. I’m currently sitting in that room now, and I absolutely love it! The window right by my desk is open a crack and the soundtrack to this blog post is the rain falling from the roof. The house was built in the 1950’s so it has the old style crank windows. I love it! the house has such character and this room has already aided my creativity.
Today I pasted a very rough few paragraphs of the new opening to my novel from Text Edit to Pages, which I purchased months ago after deciding to commit to writing. There was something pivotal about doing that, since all my previous writing has been done in Text Edit which is a very basic app. Pages is a powerful word processing app. It gives word count! I used to paste my work into an online wore word counter and keep a tally of words haha!
I now have an actual (there’s that word again) polished and edited beginning of a first chapter. Four hundred and eleven words to be exact. I’m really doing this this time! It feels right. Here’s to the beginning! Just read this back to myself and I am soooo not gonna polish these posts. Let’s keep that to the novel, shall we?
Oh, let me include a brief video I took today of the little stream behind my new house. This stream inspired the new beginning to my novel on Saturday when it was dry and I fell into it. Best bruises and scrapes ever! This beginning is so much better than my first one. I don’t feel like getting the embed code so have the direct link when my book is published, people can see the inspiration for the opener yay!