Guten Morgen, Leute! Writing, as some of you may very well know, is a really big part of my life. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons why I decided to make this blog. But how and why did writing come to be such a big, important part of my life?
While my love for writing started in Kindergarten, I really only started to take my own writing seriously in seventh grade when I took a creative writing class. That class really showed me not just my ability to write but also my ability to create stories. That class really was a game changer for me. To this day, that class is one of my absolute favorites that I have ever taken. But it wasn’t just that I loved that class, it was also that my classmates were spectacular. All of them loved writing as well and all of them were very supportive and fun people. I still keep in touch with some of them today.
So, after seventh grade, writing became a somewhat habitual thing for me. I wrote pretty much all day, every day. It became not just a hobby for me but also a lifestyle. And that change in the way I lived–in how much I wrote–really changed my writing as well.
Writing is one of those things that you get better at the more you do it. And I was writing a lot. The change and growth in my writing is evident even from day to day and I love it!
Just last November, I decided to take on doing something that I didn’t think I could do: writing a novel. But nonetheless, I decided to take on the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge and try to write 50,000 words in a month. I sat down with my idea for Clemency: This is No Nation of Gods and wrote and wrote and wrote. By the end of NaNoWriMo, I had written over 100,000 words and Clemency was finished. The day I wrote the last sentence of Clemency has been one of the happiest days of my life because I had just showed myself that I could write a novel.
Sure, Clemency is flawed. Spelling errors abound and editing has only just begun. But for me, the important part is that I’ve finished a novel. A novel that I’m pretty proud of. And I can’t wait to edit it and make it better.
Would I recommend NaNoWriMo for writers? Absolutely. It’s something I’d recommend any writer to try at least once. Sure, NaNoWriMo won’t be the best way for everyone to get their novel written but it’s a great thing to try because it just might work for you. Of course, NaNoWriMo will be most effective for goal-oriented people and people who really, really want to get their novel written. With NaNo, you also have to be okay with letting yourself write badly. The point of NaNo isn’t to write a perfect novel, it’s about getting the novel written.
To be honest with all of you, getting started with writing the novel is one of the hardest parts. But you have to find a way to get started. For me, that was NaNoWriMo.
Since NaNo, I’ve also begun working on other novels as well. For me, NaNo just proved to me that I am capable of writing a novel. And really that’s the nudge I needed.
What’s your journey been like with something in your life that’s important to you? Danke und tschüss!