Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Novel in One Month

I haven't mentioned my one word in a while. My word for 2010 is courage. I have several reasons for that, but one of them is my writing. It takes a lot of courage to write. I know that may sound weird, but it can be daunting to sit with a page in front of you and not know what the next words are going to be.

I have wanted, attempted and failed at starting a wriring career for over ten years now. I started a novel about twelve years ago and when I couldn't figure out what to say after 10 pages, I gave up. I wrote a column for an online scrapbooking magazine about six years ago, and when it went under, I didn't try to look for anything else.

It can be so nerve-wracking to write something and not know if anyone is going to read or will ever want to read it. It can be overwhelming to think that you can spend years working on something and that you will just throw it under the bed in the end because it's so awful. So why bother?

It takes courage to bother.

I have decided that it doesn't matter how terrible my first draft is, or how hard it is to keep going. I can only work a second draft if I have a first draft! With that in mind, I am using February to embark on a "novel in a month" project. I got the idea from NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which is held in November. November is a busy busy month anyway, so I don't think I would get anything done, not to mention that's ten months away. I am summoning courage NOW. February feels like the longest darkest month of the year, so I thought I'd try this challenge before I hear the siren call of the zoo or something (you know, when it warms up?).

I don't know what's going to happen with this. I imagine it may mean less blogging this month. I'll do my best. I'm also participating in LOAD, which will take a little bit of extra time too. We also have family visiting for nearly a week at some point. And February is the shortest month of the year.

I gave myself a couple of extra days, and started my novel on Friday, January 29th. My final goal is 50,000 words. As of this morning, I have approximately 5116. (I'm writing longhand, so my count may be off). I'd love some support from readers, so please feel free to comment with some "Go, Deanna, go!" energy. No "what are you thinkings" if you please. At least wait until I've finished. Even if I don't get a chance to blog regularly, I will try to pop in now and then with a word count or a status update.

If you'd like to join me in my quest, please let me know. I think mutual support would be wonderful.

Wish me luck!!


Drew&Samsmom said...

Deanna, you are brave and you can do this! I can't wait to see what you come up with!!!


momandkiddo said...

You can do it!

Rachel said...

I think that's awesome! Go for it! And keep going! You can do it. :)

Dou-la-la said...

Right on! You can totally do this. You'll be so thrilled when you get to the other side! Imagine - a novel under your belt!

Have you read "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott? That could give you some great support, and it's so wonderfully written in itself, too.

Abbey said...

Deanna, I am so proud of you! Over five thousand words already. What an accomplishment, especially as a mom of a three year old. You can do it!