On Writing

“Write me,” my novel begged me.

“How?” I begged it back.

“How can I write what others think,

What others feel and do?

They are not me, though I created them.

I am not them, though their source is me.”

 

“Write me,” my novel begged me.

“Why?” I demanded back.

“These people have no claim on me.

They owe me their existence.

I alone created them.

Their source is in me.”

 

“Write me,” my novel begged me.

“I can’t,” I answered back.

“I haven’t the words my people deserve.

I cannot do them the justice they so greedily beg.

They are not me, and I cannot live their lives.

I am not them, and they cannot live mine.”

 

“Write me,” my novel begged me.

And this time I complied.

I chronicled times I’ve never lived and places I’ve never seen.

I met so many people I had never known.

They are not me, but for a time I knew them.

I am not them, but for a while they knew me.

Enter November

Happy November! Have you started your novel? November is National Novel Writing Month, and this year I am taking the challenge. NaNoWriMo challenges ordinary people like you and me to write a 50,000-word novel in month. I have tried and failed in the past, but this year I have no excuses. My novel is entitled, “The Adventures of Vodnik and Goldilox,” and the story runs thus: Vodnik and Goldilox are good monsters, breezing through life. Until they meet one day and fall in love. They are married and look forward to domestic bliss until the evil Bob kidnaps Goldilox. Vodnik must find his wife and defeat Bob before the worst happens!

NaNo is all about the act of creating, but they adhere strictly to their word count. I was thinking about my past failures, and realized that sometimes it just seems like too many words, too much time. Everyone knows that a picture is worth 1,000 words, and that sparked an idea in my brain: this year I will “write” a photo-novel. No words (unless I take a picture of them), just action. Oh, and the monsters are knitted. 😉

Novel updates!

All right. I’ve updated my novel on here, adding over 3,000 words previously only found in my Word document. So please go read it and tell me what you think! I’d love to hear your opinions. Tell me what is good, but more importantly, tell me what I can make better!! The story is evolving as it goes, so I hope everything makes sense…

And, by the way, if you have expertise in any of the areas I’ve touched on in my novel, I’d love to hear from you! I am very much a novice. And history was never my favourite subject in school.

It has begun.

Opera. It will now be taking over my life. I’m so excited!!!!!! I’m a factory worker Gypsy. So I go out on stage, have fun with my friends, sing a few lines, and walk off. Easy, right? Let’s hope so. Is it bad that I really, really want to be a drunk Gypsy?

Oh, and by way of an update, my novel is up to 15,000 words now. Hooray for me!!! It’s up to date on the page. The link is above.

Have I mentioned just how much I love tatting? It has become an obsession with me (as I mentioned a few posts ago). At the moment I am working on a snowflake that should come out to between 4 and 6 inches. It’s quite pretty and since it’s a new pattern that I’m trying, I’m thoroughly enjoying breaking up the monotony of the old patterns. The only sad thing is that I don’t think I’ll be able to bring my tatting shuttle with me on the plane when I fly back to school on Tuesday. This is tragically sad. But maybe I can prepare another project to work on during the flight. 🙂

In other news, my story is now up to 14,500 words!! I don’t have it all up at the moment, but you can read most of it by clicking on the tab above named “Remember Me – a novel.” I would love to have some feedback and opinions on the story. Since the story is so dark (it tells about the Holocaust), I’m working extra hard to keep some light in there. Because no matter how dark it gets, one can always find something to be glad about.

November

Yes, you did read the title correctly. And, yes, I do know that it is still October. But did you know that next month is National Novel Writing Month (affectionately referred to as NaNoWriMo by its participants)? NaNo is a challenge. The goal: to write a full-fledged novel (50,000 words) in a month. The numbers work out to almost 2,000 words a day! Incredible, I know. I’ve been aware of NaNo for a few years now, but I never joined in the fun because I thought it was just too insurmountable of an object. I mean, there’s no way I can write a novel in a month!! Is there? Which is why I find myself signed up for the project this year. I know I’m crazy. I’m way too busy for this! I’m a college student doing way too much already. But I just couldn’t keep myself from joining. Hopefully you, dear readers, can help me gear up for the end of life as I know it and keep going when I’m in the throes of busyness and want to give up. I’ll keep you updated.

And any story ideas would be such a blessing!! I’m drawing a complete blank at the moment ….