NaNoWriMo 2016 – Introduction


Happy November, everyone! I’m super excited about this one because I’ll be participating in National Novel Writing Month also known as NaNoWriMo. The month where you challenge yourself to write 50,000 words to your novel.

I’m going to be writing my third book throughout NaNoWriMo. Yes, this would be my third time participating in the marathon writing month, but my first time talking about the book I’m writing and also tracking my progress through elaborate blog updates.

I’m not just a fan of reading, but I also aspire to be a writer. I’ve done some freelance jobs here and there with nothing more than exposure available to me. It’s good exposure, but what I think will make me feel accomplished in life would be to have one of my fiction stories be enjoyed.

There’s a lot of components that led me to this point and making this decision. I think the first and foremost is knowing that I may never be published. Ever.

This isn’t me being defeatist. This isn’t me throwing in the towel on The Dream™, but knowing full well that writing a novel is not some “get-rich-quick” scheme. There are so many authors that write amazing and beautiful stories that definitely shine above others, but their ultimate goal is to make people happy and to write as their full time job. I would love that to be me one day.

What you need to remember is that writing is for the sake of writing. You have something to say or need to express or there’s a story you need to tell. That’s a reason to write. If you get lucky, then that’s great, but don’t expect offers on your table the moment you hit “Submit.”

I think that’s the big hurdle I needed to jump before making the decision to write. If you don’t, you find yourself pressured to writing The Great American Novel.

I’ll be making periodic updates throughout the month with my progress and my thoughts. I’m so excited to share with you this process and hope you’ll want to share with me.

Happy NaNoWriMo!

A Journey

I’ve spent the last few days traveling from New York to Orlando. It’s been a train and a drive kind of journey and it always reminds me of how people used to travel in horse-drawn carriages. You’ll get there eventually, so you just have to enjoy the scenery as you slowly make your way through the countryside.

If you’ve never traveled by train before, I would recommend it. You won’t feel like some mid-century teenager about to go to the big city, but it does feel like you’re taking a step back in time. You’re sitting on a track that many people in the past have traveled because it was the only way to travel. Its a weird existential feeling, but I loved it.

Would I recommend traveling this way all the time? Hell no. I mean, you run out of stuff to do eventually.