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Ready to flex my long-atrophied writing muscles

Well, I’ve joined NaNoWriMo – for the first time ever! – and am now experiencing a confusing mix of fear, excitement, disbelief, and anticipation.

The thing is, though I love writing, and think I’m a reasonably good writer, everything I produce is outside the realm of fiction. By way of an inventory, I can say that I’ve written business letters, proposals, poetry, e-mail, personal letters, newspaper articles, newsletters, marketing materials, journal entries, blog posts (!), and so on, throughout my adult life. It may seem like a fairly diverse portfolio, but notice the common characteristic? It’s all non-fiction. Even my poetry, though expressive and creative, was always rooted in fact.

In fact, the last piece of fiction I remember generating, apart from a recurring dream I have that I’m writing page after page of effortless creative writing (much better than the one where I’m desperately late for a final exam!), was in high school. High school! A lifetime (or two, or three) ago! What on earth am I thinking?! Why am I even attempting such a thing?!

Well, despite all my insecurities, I’m going to give it a try. If I fail, I can always console myself with the fact that I’m decent at writing non-fiction. But if I succeed… well, who can say what that might bring?

Stay tuned…

(P.S. – My username on NaNoWriMo is alphabetsalad, if you want to follow along on my adventure!)

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • mental mosaic November 19, 2010

    How's NaNoWriMo treating you? Are you enjoying yourself? I'm having fun with it! 🙂 ~Tui

  • Laurel Regan November 20, 2010

    Well, I started… but didn't get any further! Sad to say, I got all wrapped up in doing other things and neglected my NaNovel. Maybe next year?!

    Glad you're having fun! Keep it up!

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