2011 has been a year of first-times. I started this blog, ran my first 5k in May, took my kids to Cedar Point, published a newsletter for a non-profit I advocate for, turned 40, attended a Foo Fighters concert (better late than never), and…
began writing my first novel on November 1. My motivation for this first is two-fold. First, a long-time friend and fellow writer, MB, blogged about her experience participating in the NaNoWriMo challenge last year. Her blog, Tickling My Fancy, briefed aspiring authors — like me — about writing the challenge’s minimum 1,600 words a day in addition to managing a full plate of professional and personal responsibilities. At month end, the result was a 50,000-word novel. I thought … if she can do this, I can do this.
Second, these story bits in my head need escape to a wider audience. For years my wild imagination has mixed kagillion fantastical scenes with snipits from my past and present into what I think are humorous, romantic, thrillers. Some scenes I have journaled, but none had ever been weaved into anything substantial.
So far, I am at 13,133 words. I admit to developing an outline for my story prior to Halloween. Also, I wrote about four days worth of words prior to November 1. Call me a cheater if you will. But, the words have been written and I’m not taking them back. Besides, I just gave myself some wiggle room. There will be days ahead when I will not meet the daily 1,600-word quota.
In homage to those inspiring me to write this first 50k, I want to encourage followers and browsers to check out MB’s Vigor. This is her first release of self-published fictional writing. I have known her to be a brilliant storyteller for decades. I believe you will agree. Also, I should mention additional two self-published authors — Richard Fancy and Linda Cassidy Lewis — who inspired me to risk putting my stories into words on a page.
Richard Fancy, father to another long-time friend, has written a multi-part mystery series featuring Frank Healy, who dreams of becoming a car stylist. Red Crush, the first in the series is set in Detroit, the global machine of the auto industry in the 1960s. It is a timely read considering the return of intense labor and racial conversations taking place in our country and around the globe.
I discovered Linda Cassidy Lewis soon after transferring my blog to WordPress at the start of 2011. Her book, Brevity of Roses, captivated me from the moment I turned on my Kindle. I couldn’t turn away until I finished the story at 3:00 am the next day. Her blog, Out of My Mind, helps aspiring authors stay the course on becoming published. It is an empathetic read full of tips, real-life experiences, and inspiration.
Finally, I believe it is important for those participating in the NaNoWriMo to help each other along. After all, 50k is no small feat. Fellow participant, Pat Bean, makes me smile with her daily NaNoWriMo posts; and makes me feel as though I’m in good company.
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12 thoughts on “My First 50K”
Thanks for the nice plug. And yes, I need all the encouragement I can get, and writing my daily update is helping keep my on track.
Pat – I truly love reading your posts and looking at photos from all the places you have traveled. This NaNoWriMo challenge is helping me see that I do have more time to write than what I think.
You are too, too kind. Keep writing – NaNoWriMo-ers UNITE!!! I’m so excited you’re up on the challenge!
MB – this NaNoWriMo challenge is the push I needed. My kids, hubby and dog were sick all week. So, my escape was with my characters. As you say, here’s to full pages at the end of each day 😉
Kate, good luck with your challenge!! I look forward to hearing more about the challenge and your novel.
Thanks, Monica. I am looking forward to hearing more about the media/photography classes you’re taking. We creative forces need to stick together.
Good luck! I wanted to participate in this but I didn’t have a chance to really think my story through. Next year!
Laughing Mom – I am always impressed with the accomplishments you achieve with your blogs. You are definitely one of my mentors. There is no doubt in my head that you would write some pretty fabulous stories.
Oh my, Kate, I didn’t know you’d read my book. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for saying such kind things about it and my blog. Truly, thank you.
I wonder why WordPress didn’t notify me that you’d included a link to my blog in your post?
I wish you an ocean of words to help you make your NaNoWriMo goal. 🙂
It was fantastic. I enjoyed the story very much.
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