Thinking about why I love NaNo got me thinking about why I write, how I got started. I always wanted to be an English teacher, particularly at the college level. That is still a dream I toss around, now and again, but it was in English class I always excelled. Words were this magical elixir to me. They filled me, and I could never get full!
Books would take me to magical places, other lands far away, in short, they would take me anywhere! I wanted to share in that beautiful gift. It started with Shakespeare, I really love anything written on Olde English! I found my way into writing poetry. I had a particular talent for rhyme and rhythm back then. Now I have learned to let the words flow, as good poetry, or even poetry, does not need to rhyme.
I was stuck there, for many years, only writing poetry. Thinking, there was no way I could craft something as amazing as a novel, I could not take people places! Oh how I longed too, but I just couldn’t believe it was possible. Then, I had this dream. I had to write it down, and from there, a story started. It took me almost ten years to actually get more that just bits and pieces of that story out. I found NaNo. It gave me the chance to try my hand at my dream. It didn’t have to be good, it just had to be written! Well, I can write I said. All this time I was worried that it had to be good! I got through my first NaNo, and now, I love that story premise, trust me the writing itself shows it was one of my first attempts! I do plan to revisit that work, hopefully sometime soon and actually see about crafting it into something more, but it was there, with that single act of completing NaNo, proving to myself I could write, that I found my courage to work on the novels in me. Someday I hope to find the courage to share those novels and have them go further than just family and friends. I would love for my words to be able to give someone else the escape, the dream, that the books I read when younger, and even still today, gave me!
What about you? Where did you get your start? What made you actually start writing? I would love to hear your stories!