Ever since I started this blog, I've touched on this subject a bit. Who is the first draft for? You. What makes you a writer? Writing. But then, last year, right before summer, something happened to me that really challenged me being able to achieve either of those things. And I think it's high time that I put out a post on the subject. This blog is about my journey as a writer, and I've talked a lot on tough subjects based on what I've gone through before. Buckle up. I'm here to talk today about what happens to a writer when the world creeps in on them and then completely stifles their creative process. aka: the reason I went for so long without writing my own original story ideas.
After a long, long year, 2020 has finally come to a close. Many people are looking forward to leaving this year behind them and have a fresh start. Last year, I did an overview of my year, which you can check out here, if you're interested. I'm doing another one of those, where I'm evaluating my word of the year as well as my blog and writing life. Let's see how much I got done despite the crazy year.
The year 2021 is upon us. After a pretty rocky start to the decade... *looks pointedly at the corona virus* ...I think all of us are ready for a fresh start. Usually, I kind of make fun a little of the way people start the new year with a flurry of resolutions to do new things and better themselves. But I thought that, after the craziness of the past year, many people would look at their lives with a fresh perspective. Time is short, and sometimes crazy viruses try to cut it even shorter. With these morbid thoughts around to spur people on, they might finally find the motivation to start that book they've been dreaming about for years. Combine that with the new year and buckets of resolutions, and you've got people deciding to finally write their book! And that's where this post comes in! With new writers beginning, I thought that they would need some assistance. So, I'm doing a post on one of the earliest steps of writing to help them out a bit: brainstorming.
Last year, I did this tag in December. I thought it would be fun to do it again, since it's Christmas season. 😉 If you've been around for a while, you'll have noticed that I don't do tags that often anymore, so it's a special post today where I throw all my book recommendations at you and demand you read them! I'll try to keep the books I mention limited to ones I actually read this year in particular. Note: there are links to each book I mention, so if you want to check them out, you can! But this post is in no way sponsored and I am not getting paid for this.
After that crazy month of writing, it's time to celebrate! Whether you only wrote 50 words or you hit that elusive 50,000, it's time to bask in your own amazingness and celebrate what you wrote! 🥳 Today, I'm sharing information about my own National Novel Writing Month novel! 😃 I don't usually talk that much about my own novels anymore on the blog (buuuuuut you can find more info on them by subscribing to my email list 😉) so today is a very special day! *rubs hands together gleefully*
We've officially reached the final week of NaNoWriMo. For once in my life, I'm actually... kind of on track to reaching my word count goal? 🤔 But let's see what happens this week.
Things are starting to get a little more tense as some of us begin to fall behind in our word count, and, despite starting NaNoWriMo early, I'm no exception. (As usual 😂)
We're settling into the hectic schedule of NaNoWriMo by now, and I'm ready to crush some words this week! (Especially after Days 7 and 8)
After that strange post from last week, I think we're all ready for a little bit of normality in what is going to already be a crazy, weird, and strange month. 😂 Let's jump back into the normal time stream, shall we? 😜
NaNoWriMo dawns! As you know if you saw my last post, I talked about National Novel Writing Month, what you should know while gearing up for it, and preparing for this month of crazy. I include an explanation of what NaNoWriMo even is, as well, so if you're confused, make sure to check that out! The way November falls this year, November 1 is on a Sunday - giving me only one day to talk about in this post. Also, the last day of November lands on a Monday, so we'll have to see if I hit 50k or not before I can post! 😅