My story begins with National Novel Writing Month. It's a 30 day, 50,000 word endeavor. If you hit 50K words, you win. If you don't, better luck next year. No obligation, no money to play, and no golden ticket to publication.
This was my very first foray into writing my story. I discovered NaNo around May or June of 2009 and spent my summer in a plot-induced fog. Fragments soon became ideas that became major plot points and before I knew it, I had half of a college-ruled spiral bound notebook full of ideas.
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No internet access, no phone calls, no television. Just my notebook, my pen collection (I couldn't decide on a color), a fresh stack of 3x5 lined notecards for my character deck, and all my books on writing.
During my time at the retreat, I made a fantastic outline, drank endless pots of tea, and walked around in my sweatpants and slippers like it was my house except for any responsibilities. It was bliss.
Ten days before my first NaNoWriMo, I went to Ireland but the story was still running on the hamster wheel in my head. I returned home late Sunday night and had Monday to catch up on laundry, sleep, and start writing.
I have since navigated my way through two NaNo's and am openly boasting when I tell you that I "won" them both. The 2010 NaNo process turned into a critique group that still meets twice a month and I'm currently submitting a workshop concept to the local writing center in hopes of introducing new writers to the Nano ropes.
While I have great ideas and great intentions of making the necessary revisions to my 09 and 10 novels, my 2011 NaNo is starting to interfere. Seeds of a plot are starting to bloom and I have a stack of papers on my desk that are filled with character description, setting ideas, and the workings of an outline.
Six and a half months and counting...