Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My New 30 Day Challenge :)

Doing the Whole30 challenge over the past month was a great way to focus my efforts on eating and health. I got a lot out of doing the challenge, and I'm still cruising along on the momentum it created for me.

Which is why I decided another 30 day challenge was in order. :) Only this time, I'm shifting gears.

If I had to list the main things my life is focused around, it would be twofold:


  • weight
  • writing


I talk about weight all the time. Obviously. (In fact, sometimes I wonder if I'll EVER be truly successful at truly gaining control of it, just because doing so would cause me to lose one of my life's focuses, and then where would I be?? But that's a line of thought for another blog post.)

I don't talk about writing as much, but it's been at the crux of my heart since I was five years old. That was when I wrote my first poem, which my mom still has:

Star, star, under the car
Won't you go up in the sky?
No, no! Not so high!
I'm too shy! 

(Kind of a metaphor for my life, if you think about it.)

I was always going to be a writer.

And I AM a writer. These days I work as a government speech writer, and in the past, I've worked as a freelance writer, where I've written for papers and magazines.

But deep down, I'd like to write more creatively. I have so many stories in my head, so many voices clamouring for air time. I'd like to write novels. I'd like to tell those stories -- the ones that aren't real, but could be.

Have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month. It happens in November each year -- the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel (or 50,000 words OF a novel) in one month. The goal is to get you over the hump of criticizing and judging your work -- to get you to write for speed instead of analyzing every single word. Very useful for perfectionists like me.

I participated last year. I wasn't blogging at the time, so I never talked about here, but I wrote a truly horrific novel that will never see the light of the day. No, really, it's awful. And I love it. And I'm so glad I did it. That was my practice novel - the one I cut my teeth on. The one that (I hope) I had to get out of the way before I could write a better novel.

I was planning to participate in NaNoWriMo again this year, in November. But recently I found out that they also do a summer version, called Camp NaNoWriMo! Same idea, but in August instead of November.

Sold!

I've had a story in my head for a couple of months now. A girl's voice came to me on the subway one morning -- just one sentence: "Marsoo and me are twins, 'cept we ain't really." The story came to me later, slowly, in fits and starts, but I think I have it now.

I don't know why I find this so hard to talk about, but I do. I'll broadcast my weight issues to the entire internet, but I struggle to say "I want to write a novel." But I'll say it now; I'll say it anyway. I want to write a novel.

Actually, scratch that. I'm GOING to write a novel. In 30 days. I'll worry about the editing later.

15 comments:

  1. This is great news!! I love your writing.

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  2. As I said in another post, I enjoy your writing even when it is just about lunch. You have a natural narrative voice, strong command of language, and a warm and inviting sense of humor. I see no reason why you should be shy about planning to write a novel, you little star under the car, you. Get up there and shine!

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    1. Aw, thanks! That's so nice of you to say.

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  3. Awesome!! I always wanted to sign up for NaNoWriMo.

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    1. You should do it sometime! It was fun and it felt great to be able to say I actually wrote a novel -- even a terrible one! haha. :)

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  4. Wow good on you that is awesome! I bet you feel really excited about it now that you have put it out there. Doing something that gets all of your emotions going (nervousness, excitement, etc) MUST be good for you! And not easy - so well done!

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    1. Thank you! And yes, you're right -- when it's scary, it's usually the right thing to do! :) I'm excited but nervous.

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  5. Very excited to hear about this process.

    I would love to try this but I wouldn't even know where to begin.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, you know it's harder than it sounds. When I did it last year I sort of thought that because I already write a lot, it would be 'easy' and I just needed the dedication to finish it. Turns out -- it's not so easy!! Writing a novel requires a whole other skill set that I didn't really have! I'm working on it though. :)

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  6. This is so exciting! I love your writing, Andrea. I've thought about trying NaNoWriMo in the past - I didn't realize there was an August one, too! Good luck. :)

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    1. Aw, thanks! You should totally try it sometime! It's fun, and super satisfying to be able to say you 'wrote a novel' -- even if it sucks. haha

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  7. I'm so excited for you, Andrea! You're an amazing writer and you've inspired me to put more thoughtful writing into my blog posts. Good luck!! :)

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    1. Aw, thanks Erin! That's really flattering -- I'm glad I could inspire you!

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  8. Awesome, good for you! I know quite a few people who have books being published soon, or who were published in the past year, that started out as NaNoWriMo projects.

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