Miscellaneous Monday is a new weekly Meme started by my bestie, Kristalyn, over at The Sarcastic Palmtree. Miscellaneous Monday is where you can talk about literally anything you would like for anyone to know or see! This will be a blog hop, so go ahead and grab the sticker above and make your own post for all of us to see! You don't have to have a blog, you are welcome to leave comments about anything as well!
For this Miscellaneous Monday, I have decided to talk about:
As most of you know, I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. I have seen it around the past couple years but never got around to doing it. I never had any idea that I would even be able to write a book.
About a year ago I had my family talking about owning a restaurant together. They said I could be the cook/baker. They said they could clean the dishes, run the books, and my cousin could be a waitress. We had it all planned out. Then at the end of our discussion, my mom says "Amber, why don't you write a book? You read enough of them."
I didn't really know what to say. I came up with that I didn't know how or what to write. I was never good at writing papers in school, so I figured the same would go for a book.
I'm a girl who usually won't allow myself to not do something. I say challenge accepted and do my best on it. I don't think I have ever really failed at anything that I have tried at.
I couldn't stop thinking about what my mom said. I decided I could write it. Who was I to tell myself I couldn't. I was good at everything else I do, why not writing, too!
I started to walk around at work and anywhere else thinking of what to write about. I finally got the idea, but it is roughly based on me so I was scared. What if I wrote a character who had a lot of my problems and everyone hated her. Would that mean they would hate me, too?
I knew it was what I felt I needed to write but I was so scared to do it. I kept putting it off again. I started to talk to a good friend of mine, Nikki Godwin. She has been so helpful with me. I feel like a toddler when I talk to her about my book, but she doesn't seem to mind.
She showed me how she outlines her books. I went out the next day and bought my own notebook for the book. The poor notebook sat there empty for months. I wrote the title on it, but that was it.
I told myself I would write it in November with NaNoWriMo. I had no idea that there was a camp version in April. I decided I would look into it. I asked on Twitter if anyone else was doing it and sure enough Nikki was. We have been helping each other and it is really nice. The Camp has really given me a good community for all of us to support each other in our writing.
Once I decided to write the book in April, I sat down and started outlining it up. I took it over to Nikki and she seemed to think I set it up nicely, though I know the book isn't her type of read. I knew it was the book I was going to write.
I spent most of March reading all the review books that I could get to because I knew I wouldn't be reading until my book was written.
It is now almost a week into the project and I am doing really good. I sat there staring at the computer to start the book. I think that was the hardest thing I did. I had no idea how to word it. I know you have to try to captivate them in the first few paragraphs and I had no frickin' idea how I was going to do it.
I finally got it going and now it is all flowing out. I am already flying through the book and plan to have it fully written by the middle of the month. I have been trying to average a chapter a day. I plan to have 15 chapters, so I feel it would work well.
I am so proud to call myself an author. I know it isn't finished yet, but I have still written something and it officially makes me an author. I can't wait to get it out into the world and let you read the book that has told me it needs to be out in your hands.
Are you guys doing Camp NaNoWriMo? How are you guys doing so far?