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Active Quest: Novel Writing

June 23, 2015: One of my greatest achievements in my life was winning National Novel Writing Month in 2013. On a whim, I signed up and pushed through to the end and wrote a whole first draft of a novel. I went into it with no ideas, no inspiration, and it ended up as a lot of words, just over 50,000 words of a somewhat cohesive story. Lots of editing ahead, but the start was there. And that was a wonderful feeling. One of the few things I knew I wanted to do when I grew up, that I enjoyed, was writing. I never had a clear sense of what I wanted to be. Childhood papers said things like be a mom (which I am), be a teacher (I taught a knitting class once), and be a writer of my own weird stories, which I do, but nothing serious that has become a book or anything. Except for when my local library published a book with excerpts from people in the area who took the NaNoWriMo challenge and it was awesome to see my name at the top of the list of contributing authors. You can look up a book by my name at the library! That is so awesome to me! I have my own hard copy that I can look at fondly.

 

But the thing is, that was in 2013. It's been long enough that I feel that it's kind of sad to be riding on that wave still and not have any more work to show since then. SO! I have done a little editing and that is why this is an Active Quest: I must make this into a novel for real that can be in a book that people can read. I would love to hold a book with a little heft in my hands that has just my name on the cover because it was all written by me. That would be amazing. I shall share my progress with you here.