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Feeling quite pleased with myself I am.
Yep, I’m writing a very self-serving post tonight to brag a bit that I accomplished a 3rd NANOWRIMO challenge with NANO April 2015 Camp.
With a committed word count goal of 30,000 in the month of April to write a short story, it happened I am delighted to say. Especially since I’d had no intention of participating, let alone did I have even a project in mind…. until what was almost the 13th hour.
I took a leap into a month of Creative Lunacy.
Although I have written most of all my life, writing a short romance story was something I’d never done as an adult. There were many as a teenager I remember, but once married and raising a family my writing took a complete different direction.
This NANO experience was completely different from jump street. My other two had a game plan at least a few weeks before beginning since the prior two projects had been brewing for some time in my mind. I also am doing a weekly radio show that I wasn’t committed to the other two times. I’d decided right away that I would publish the short story as web-fiction, building its own web site and post in a series of chapters.
This time…. was so different.
Almost out of the blue this story came to me.
I listen to a lot of music, and I write by having music in the background. I have had music inspire me for many…many years, but I had never had music inspire a story. It just so happens that is what happened with Mesmerized. I heard an original track of music from a friend, an instrumental. I was inspired by a question asked, What visuals did the music create? The first two paragraphs of the story were born within 5 minutes in answer. I then a few days later decided to run with those two paragraphs and a premise.
It’s completely fiction although based on a belief that I think many women can personally associate with. It was a fun story to write, to flesh out. I had the greatest time being the director of my character’s lives. It’s one of the wonderful joys I find in writing fiction, and as I get older there is even more delight in being able to live vicariously through the characters and events I design.
Through fiction a writer can freely say out loud what they might not feel comfortable saying openly.
Always thankful for the alter ego of my stories. I learn a lot about life through writing, and I learn a lot about myself. The past month was no different. Some of those lessons came to the writer within, some came to the woman within.
Bravery in words is a wondrous magical thing.
Committing to what I choose to call the Creative Lunacy” of NANOWRMO I decided to pack up and join Camp this year, last-minute. I had no intentions to do so this Spring……….. until about 24 hours ago now.
Funny in an odd kind of way where inspiration and motivation can come from, funny also in a very cool kind of way. I have a head start as I have been outlining and character building since hearing a music composition by a friend about 2 weeks ago. A visual presented itself, inspired by the instrumental, a few paragraphs later a romance story was born. At the 13th hour I decided to commit to Camp NANOWRIMO. And then I gulped.
30,000 words in 30 days.
It started out from a brief innocent question which I’m paraphrasing – ” have a listen to this song and see what visuals it might create?” Those who know me know that – one – I write to music, two – that I love a good writing challenge. A fast free writing paragraph literally flowed out my fingers into a new draft. The working title is “Mesmerized” and takes place in a dense forest in the Pacific Northwest.
Today as I took the day to prep myself physically and mentally I had the gift of being involved in a discussion about fears that brought home to me that I know this feeling, fear. I have felt it before, and I know it will pass too. It reminded me of a post I wrote back in August called “Redefining Fear”
It seems apropos tonight as I prepare for Camp. And there’s another serendipitous connection made that I love.
My wish is that whatever may be causing someone fear in their life that they might find a way to redefine it.
If you’re going to be at Camp this year I wish EACH of my sister and brother campers a happy month of creative lunacy!
Write on Campers. ~
I love the snow
The pristine sparkling dust that dances through the air
Softly falling to a soft down on the ground
Seemingly it soften the hard edges of a cold winter’s night
While all of God’s critters seek shelter, each of us become snowboun
It’s as quiet as a forest, to my wonder and my delight
I love the snow.
Each flake like a diamond from the sky
Here inside tucked in by warmth, and with little sound
I’m mindful of the wonder that has struck with such spectra
It fills the room with an aura of romance and nostalgia
I love the snow
And listening as the wind begins its lonesome song.
As each snowflake lights up my sight
They feel like candle light
I’ve never seen the snow so bright
As on this winter’s night
Random thoughts & photo inspired by a cold evening during Winter’s fierce first storm ~ Oregon’s High Desert USA * November 19 2014