It’s NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month and what better way than to officially start my first novel! I started writing fiction as a way to realize my most entertaining day dreams into something more tactile. I always only did it for fun, not really seeing a practical future in a career as a writer. However, if the last few years have taught me anything, it’s too dangerous to put off a dream, or a calling even, even if the immediate effect is possible failure.
But writing can be a taxing ordeal. It takes time, dedication, persistence, creativity, endurance, and patience. There will be times when the desire to pursue will fade because it will feel like squeezing juice from rocks- simply impossible. There’s a reason why the stereotype of the “tortured writer” exists… well the fact that it’s hard, and the fact that many writers choose to write their own stories, either under the guise of fiction or simply by writing their own memoirs.
It can be painful to write from a place of one’s own truth. To do this effectively, one has to make him or herself vulnerable to an audience of people whom he or she doesn’t even know. Also, you run the risk of hurting some people as well. (See the movie, “The Best Man”). But at the same time, it can be freeing to express oneself creativity. It’s actually sort of therapeutic. And the information comes a little more easily since it often includes events once lived and experienced.
And so, I’ve decided to take the plunge and finally start my novel. It will be taxing, time-consuming, and at times stressful. But from this place will arise a story that I hope should be inspiring and sentimental, impassioned and conflicted. Not only will it be my story, but I hope to pull at the heart strings of other souls as well. This blog will serve as an outlet for following my writing journey.
Now join me as we figure out together what happens when two stars finally collide after encircling each other for so long. Let’s begin.
God, I love a good love story, don’t you?