I’ve been writing as long as I can remember but mostly I’ve stuck to song lyrics, poems and short pieces. I ghostwrite for business clients and run social media campaigns and I love all of these varied expressions of my words but I’ve never attempted to write anything more than an outline for a fiction novel.
So yesterday, after a week of procrastinating, I registered for NaNoWriMo for the first time. My heart was racing and my stomach knotted up into a ball – this was quite surprising to me, as I didn’t really think that registering was that big a deal.
But turns out that it was. I decided to journal about it, because hey, if you can’t understand something, why not write it out? Well, that’s my process anyway.
So I wrote about how I was feeling and I realised that I have no idea if I can write a novel. As I was writing this, I didn’t even know if I could come up with a storyline! But I also wrote about the what if’s, you know, those pesky little thoughts?
But this time I wrote about different what if’s to the usual suspects.
What if I get to the end of November and I have written 50,000 words on a story?
What if the story is actually worth refining?
What if the story is good enough to share?
What if in sharing it, I give something to others that they would otherwise never have?
So, with these what if’s written down, I pressed submit on my registration and wrote a synopsis for a story that until that very moment, did not exist.
Here’s the evidence 🙂
The cool part? I spent the rest of the day dreaming up my story. I am so shocked that it actually came so easily! My son’s girlfriend said that perhaps it’s because I’ve turned on the tap. Maybe she’s right.
I have no idea what the end result is. It may change over the next few days but I am willing to start walking down this path to see where it leads regardless. If you want to follow my quirky trip down the Rabbit Hole, you can follow this blog.
I hope to use this blog to reflect on my NaNoWriMo journey. If I end up writing something that I feel could be worth sharing, I might share that too. It is my time now to write what’s in my heart so here’s to jumping off the ledge without a clue where I’m going to land!
If you’re interested in reading some of my poetry, visit me at Uniquefreke.
What are you working on at the moment? Do you have a story forming inside that you feel the need to write down? Share your thoughts so we can encourage each other!
Miriam E. Miles has a finger in quite a few creative pies – her personal writing includes poetry, short reflective pieces on family, identity and spiritual awakening and her work life is spent helping clients build authentic and engaging social media connections.
To chat with Miriam email her at firstname.lastname@example.org