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So, how did all this start?
Growing up as an only child I had two best friends: Books and My Imagination. The three of us had a lot of adventures: I loved to read and Books and My Imagination took me lots of interesting places.
In school, I excelled in English classes, and I loved writing assignments, especially creative writing. Starting in seventh grade or so I began writing fan fiction – Star Trek and S.W.A.T. and CHiPs, mostly – or whatever other TV program had caught my imagination at the time.
After college, my writing sort of waned. I still “wrote” but the stories never made it to paper.
Then I discovered NaNoWriMo — an acronym for National Novel Writing Month. What is NaNoWriMo? It is a month-long ascent into madness in which participants are challenged to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. In November of 2008 I took the challenge and wrote my first novel.
What a rush!
I had no clue, no outline, and no expectations. And I had a blast.
I won, and I was hooked.
Next NaNoWriMo couldn’t arrive fast enough, so I kept writing. The book I wrote that November turned out to be book three of a trilogy (The Other Mages), so I set to work on books one and two. They are still in process, and book three needs such a complete rewrite that I may as well start over, but I am working on them and they will see the light of day… Someday… Honest!)
Currently, however, I’m focused on getting Song and Sword ready to e-publish. It was also a NaNoWriMo novel. As an experiment I posted it chapter by chapter as I wrote it, and you can all thank my mother for nagging me to finish it. It should be available for Kindle soon, then Nook. I’ll keep you updated on the progress.
(Updated = the world will echo with my screams of triumph.)
I’ve learned a lot since my first NaNoWriMo. Mostly I’ve learned that I work better with an outline – and the more detailed the better.
I also learned that I am happiest when I am writing, creating a story.