Why I Write

ONE WEEK UNTIL NaNoWriMo!!
This is from another assignment courtesy of NaNoWriMo 2011: Why do you write?
I write because I have so many fascinating thoughts in my head that I know others would find interesting, given they were written with the right set of words in the right order. It’s up to me to put those right words in the right order…and there is the challenge.
As a youth, I wrote constantly. I wrote poetry, fiction, song lyrics, whatever I could get on paper. I posted my work on my bedroom walls, in my Trapper Keeper, and in any random notebook I could get my hands on. My mother was so proud that she sometimes made her guests sit down and read all 187 hand-written pages of the “novel” I penned in four arduous years, from 4th to 8th grade. Other times I read my poetry aloud. These were usually followed by a piano recital. I took 9 years of piano lessons, and while I liked it, I knew it wouldn’t be my ultimate calling. In college I majored in creative writing, knowing full well my mother was dreading graduation day when I would not, as I anticipated, have a fabulous writing job the instant I had diploma in hand. Her prediction was correct.
When I moved to Portland I jumped into a weekly writing group. That lasted maybe 8 months, and I quickly dropped it when the bellydance lessons I had been taking switched nights, which conflicted with my writing group nights. I soon left writing behind and pursued dancing with the greatest passion. Bellydance has done so much for my self esteem and bodily grace…but the feeling I get from performing in front of an audience is not the same as when I successfully post a blog. Don’t get me wrong, they are both amazing, but writing is my soul. It’s what I have always yearned to do.
Last year I participated in the 2010 NaNoWriMo, after hearing about it for several years. I took the plunge! I completed 17,000 words out of the expected 50,000. I was undaunted. I will try again this year! In the meantime, I have started a weekly blog that I consider to be one of the best parts of my life. When I started it, I thought it would be terribly difficult to find things to write about. The truth is, it has been the exact opposite. Words have flowed out of me every week, sometimes twice a week, from the start. I’ve had over 1,000 hits on my blog in the last 5 months. I consider this amazing, and I don’t mind saying it makes me feel a little more legit as a writer.
So I persist. I love it. I will continue to do it, even after my bestseller hits the market.
So…why do YOU write?

Should I do a Post a Day in October??

November marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a project in which thousands of writers around the world work toward completing a 50,000-word novel by November 30th. Sound like something you want to get in on?

Whoa. That’s 1,667 words per day. I’m not ready for that!

We hear you — writing a whole novel is a pretty big undertaking. So why not gear up for the project by starting the WordPress.com Post a Day Challenge this October? It’s a great way to meet others in the WordPress.com community, including writers who have completed NaNoWriMo in the past.
At The Daily Post, home of the Post a Day Challenge, we provide creative inspiration each and every day. You can also find tons of writing prompts at Plinky.com, so you never have to worry about running out of ideas. Participating in Post a Day is also a great opportunity to prepare outlines, character sketches, and research before starting your novel in November.
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That excerpt was taken from my WordPress News email I get every week. Now…I’m thinking this is a great idea. The more you write, the more it flows! I’m not sure which direction I’ll take it. I am probably not going to put my NaNoWriMo info in it. It most likely will be a continuation of the blog I already write…er, maybe not. Perhaps I should not flood This Curious Universe, perhaps put it on a different page with a link on This Curious Universe for people who want to read my daily posts. Well that decision was just made for me! I’m extremely excited for National Novel Writing Month to commence, but I must say, I am still collecting a LOT of content for my novel. I have a basic idea, but I don’t have the big conflict yet.
Well readers, stay tuned! I will reveal my link when it’s all set up…as if you need to read more from me! I think this project will be more for my benefit than yours, but what can I say? I like to share!
And YES, I will be writing a long and detailed post about my fabulous flying experience from Portland to Chicago to Detroit to Scranton, with lots of giggles and frustration in between. (Look at the right side of this page to read my Tweets during the adventure.) The adventure continues—I still don’t have my luggage! I am praying it will show up tomorrow. I am exhausted, and finally able to get more than 2 hours of sleep, and so I will depart for now!