Writing

NaNoWriMo Prep

Hello loves and welcome to what I like to call Writing Wednesdays, or at least that’s what I’ve been calling it in my head.

For the first time since I made the attempt during my freshman year of college (I don’t advise it), I’m participating in NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month takes place every year in November, the goal is to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days.

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I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, making up stories in my head for probably longer than that. It’s my calm place, the place I go when life just seems too much. Can you believe I used to hate reading? Truth. But it wasn’t because it was boring, it was because I would rather have been running around outside “playing” out my stories or favorite movies than sitting still reading about them.

I recently realized how much I had missed writing all the time, and I hadn’t even realized that I had stopped. Life just gets busy, ya know? Suddenly I realized that I’ve been out of college for almost 4 years (say WHAT!?) and I can’t really remember the last time I really wrote anything. College was busy, so amazingly busy, and then you leave and start jobs and living an “adult” life and somewhere in the middle, I forgot a huge part of myself.

For years, as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to call myself a writer. I’ve wanted to hold my own book in my hands. And somehow, I forgot that dream.

Sometimes dreams get pushed back in your brain, behind all of the bills and duties and that Netflix queue.

For the first time in years, I’ve been sitting at my laptop for hours doing research for a story, a notebook and pen always at my side. For the first time in a long time, my brain has been on characters and plot and setting while I work my 40 hours a week job.

And I freaking love it.

How is it possible for someone to forget something that used to bring them so much joy? How do we forget our dreams?

If you’re unfamiliar with what NaNoWriMo is and why it is so amazing, their about page on their website states it pretty well. And if you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, or short story, or any story at all, maybe take a peek at joining thousands of people in November as we all write to reach our dream. It’s a pretty powerful thing to be a part of.

Every Wednesday from now until the end of November (and maybe even after that), I’ll be posting writing updates on how preparing for November is going, what I’ve been reading lately to prepare, and maybe even giving little peeks into the world I’m trying to thread together.

I’ll see you all again soon, happy writing.

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Sarah

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