I picked up Writing Fiction for Dummies from the library. I used to have a phobia for Dummies books, because my dad tried to read them to us a long while ago. Let me tell you now! Reading Dummies books out loud doesn’t work! But if you can have lists and charts and exercises, it is actually very enjoyable and fun. I love lists. So I’m working through the WHOLE thing, not skipping around, and I’m going to attempt to write a hardcore novel.
The book started with writing the following vow:
I’m going to write a novel and get it published. I’m going to do it because writing a novel is worthwhile and because I have the talent to do it. I’m going to do it because I have something important to say to the world. I refuse to let anything get in my way.
After I finished typing it out in my notes, I was like, “No, that’s not right. I’m writing my own statement of writing.” Here’s mine.
I am going to write a novel and get it published. I am going to write because I want to influence the world in ways that glorify God. I believe God has given me the talent to do this and will keep writing unless he tells me not to. I vow to honor God in everything I write, putting his themes and truths into fiction stories. I vow to pray before every writing session, search my writing for untruths, and use God’s word as standard. I will lean on him throughout the process, asking him for guidance and insight.
Dated Monday January 14th 2013
I hope to get it written and on my bedroom wall soon.
And off of the spiritual side of writing, I got a NaNoWriMo t-shirt for Christmas! I just had to show it to you.