And away we go!

I am writing my first novel.

There.

I said it.

I’ve dreamed of writing a book since I can remember, but I had no idea how hard it would be to tell people that I was writing one once I actually started. No one warns you about this part!

A few months ago, I wrote ‘Writer’ as my occupation on a form I filled out at the eye doctor’s office. I blushed when I did it, more than half hoping that the receptionist would ask me about it. She didn’t ask, but as I walked home that day, I started to wonder why ‘Writer’ wasn’t my job title yet. It was high time I started writing with some intention. A few months later, here I am.

As an aspiring writer, it’s really hard not to be too cliché, and being cliché is one of my personal pet peeves. How many other people have said they’re writer, but don’t actually write? (My hand is most certainly sheepishly in the air right now – in between plunks of keys and sips of tea). I have decided the only way to earn the right to call myself a ‘Writer’ (on doctor’s forms and elsewhere) is to WRITE. This may seem painfully obvious to most, but for some reason it’s taken me some time to get here. There are always just so many reasons not to write, but we can save that discussion for another post.

So after I decided that I needed to write to become a writer, I took a creative writing class, which went fantastically well, and since then I haven’t been able to shake the writing bug. In fact, things have gone so well that I have what I think is a great story idea. The only problem (challenge?) is that the story takes place in the early 1900s. I had in no way planned to be the writer of a historical fiction, but try as a might, this story and its characters just won’t leave me alone.

Here’s where this blog comes in: I’d like to share my adventures in writing my first novel with others, in the hopes that other aspiring writers will share their experiences with me, and perhaps we’ll even learn something from each other.

I’d also like this blog (and maybe someday its readers, should I be so lucky!) to hold me accountable as I work through the epic experience of becoming an official writer.

Thanks for reading!

8 comments

  1. I am so happy to see that you took first step! The most important thing is to take the steP! You did it!Best of Luck for your novel!

  2. Great post! How about we hold one another accountable? The Lord knows I surely need this too! :-) I know what you mean by characters not leaving you alone. i have ideas that won’t let me rest or sleep so i find myself leaning over to my iphone and jotting words, with a lot of typos, in my note section of my phone, at 4 am . Ugh! The iroyt of being a writer. You know you deserve the title not when you have published a book, article or poem, but when the idea of writing won’t leave yo alone. It’s like an obsession, more than favorite past time because everywhere you go, you see words, need to write them down or record them somehow. This is when you have earned the title of ‘Writer’ sounds like you have reached this destination my friend. :-) Welcome to the world of ink! Be it by the end of a pen or a keystroke and printer. You have arrived!

  3. I just found your blog and read it. :) I am also becoming a writer and I love/loath this fire inside. I’ve written some short work but this past fall I did NaNoWriMo and wrote my first novel (53,000 words) in 27 days. And yes, I was working full time as well. lol It’s a terrible novel but it’s sitting there now and it’s written. I’m trying to decide if it is worth editing, I doubt that it is but I don’t want to get into the habit of not finishing work either.

    Anyway, your post about being terrified rung a bell. I panicked several times during the process and that’s when I knew it was junk from the start. I have another idea bouncing around in my head that I just can’t shake but I can’t get up the nerve to start on either. It’s a good idea, I’d like to think, and I don’t want to ruin it by writing it poorly.

    I’ll be watching your blog!

  4. Hey Carrie –

    I just wanted to say I think I think you are very courageous. I would like to think of myself as a writer as well but I can never come out and say it! Sometimes it feels like a quiet, unending struggle.

    It was eight months ago since you posted this – has it helped? Is your novel finished?

    I can’t wait to see it in a book store!

    • Hi James!

      I’d definitely encourage you to start calling yourself a writer: it’s liberating! As long as you’re writing, you’re a writer :)

      I did finish a short novel, although it wasn’t the one I had in mind when I wrote this post back in February. I think I’m going to tackle another one during NaNoWriMo.

      Thanks so much for your kind comment, and good luck with your writing!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s