National Novel Writing Month

I wrote my first novel in 9th grade.  I did it mostly during my creative writing class and my teacher said that few people my age had takled such a thing.  I later found that there were reasons for that.  Writing a novel is was not as easy as I thought it would be.  I’d probably be embarrassed to read it now.  I was highly influenced by S.E. Hinton and several other authors that I can’t remember now because I didn’t have enough life experience to have many original ideas.

Now I’m thinking about doing it again and I keep making up excuses.  It won’t be good enough.  Someone has already thought of that idea.  I don’t have enough time to invest in writing what I really want.  But I need a break from politics and an outlet to keep my mind off of work.  It’s National Novel Writing Month, and I get to go to a Writer’s Conference next weekend for work.  This might not be a bad time to give it another shot and see if I can come up with my own style.


1 Response to “National Novel Writing Month”

  1. November 8, 2008 at 8:12 am

    You must have the urge to ‘tap the keypad’ in your veins! I have just finished my first novel, and it’s taken me fifty years to get there, but you’ve completed your first one in school-well done!
    With me it was art. I had the urge to paint in my blood, but an inner voice kept telling me that there was a book inside me somewhere.
    But the old familliar excuses about someone else having the idea always put me off too. In the end I realised that most stories have been told in most genres, so I might just as well get out there and join them. If what I say, and the way I say it has any merit at all, then people will take too it-especially out there in internet land!
    Once again, good luck, and all the best to you.

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