Valerie Rutherford (fireflys_locket) wrote,
Valerie Rutherford

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Novel Writing Month

So, I'm a writer. I've been writing for pretty much exactly 10 years now. It encompasses my life. I see inspiration everywhere. It's wonderful.

So, now that we're clear on that... November is National Novel Writing Month. And looking on their website just now, I see that they are celebrating their 10th anniversary! Isn't that strange? Well, in any case, I have to admit I have some issue with NaNoWriMo. The thought of writing a novel in a month, to me, is painful. Writing takes so much out of me; I just can't imagine losing a story so quickly.

I've always thought NaNo was more about people who want to have written something. Not people who want to write as their... inspired vocation, I guess. Not that there's anything wrong with trying it even if you do want to be a writer. It's just not something that inspires me. I've actually had some angry discussions with people about this, so I'll stop here. If you're doing NaNo, best of luck, honestly! ^_^

But I'm not. Still, I admire the idea behind it, a month to honor novel writing. That's excellent!!
For a very long time after leaving school, I wasn't able to write. I felt like my soul had been sucked out. Drained of my every inspiration. I was still getting ideas, mind you.... but not writing. When I did force myself to write, it was painful.
I was so blinded that I couldn't even read. I could process the words, but I couldn't see anything in my mind. My "seeing" abilities improved slowly... very slowly, with time. But the writing didn't seem to follow that pattern.

Last October, I was getting my hair done, and I tried to write a bit of Dreaming in Shadow, my most comfortable, trusted story while sitting with hair dye in (HeH.). And it worked. Not only was I able to write, but I found myself actually enjoying writing. It was the first time probably since school. Later that day, I had a stroke of inspiration connecting a character in DiS to another story I was struggling with. And suddenly, I had a rush of ideas!

All my original stories are connected, and after that, the connections starting growing stronger and more detailed. And it hasn't stopped. Around February, I started giving myself a goal to actually write once a week. I've kept to it rather well, I might say! And sometimes, I get the desire to do even more.

Last year, I tried to write once a week during November. But... I'm always doing that now.  I used to write every day when I was in school, and as my own goal in honor of Novel Writing Month, I'm going to try to do it again. ^_^ I'm counting any story I work on, original or fanfiction. But I'm also going to include reading... because contrary to what most people seem to think, I actually don't read that much. Sadly.

In any case, I really hope I can really stay with it. It might be hard. Haha. I feel pretty good about twice a week right now, but I haven't tried more than that since school. I guess we'll see.

Annnd... for anyone on my Flist that is interested and doesn't already know, Muse Murmers is my private creative space on LiveJournal. That's where you can find my poems and fanfiction writing (though I don't post much novel stuff there... too paranoid). I also make icons and do a little Sims 2 legacy there. Haha. Friend if you want. ^_^ I hope to keep it a lot busier soon! And maybe here too! Is anyone on my Flist actually interested in updates/samples of my original writing? Let me know!
Tags: dreaming in shadow, livejournal, school, writing

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