New Found Love For Writing

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a great holiday and are ready to take on 2015!

Don’t worry, my 2014 Favorites, New Years Resolutions and a couple other New Years goodies are still on their way, but I just wanted to write a bit about my new found love for writing.

Writing has always been something I’ve enjoyed, though I think the academic form of it turned me off. After university I thought I wasn’t good at writing and blamed it on my mediocre reading abilities.

But in October I had a desire to write something just for fun.
I’ve been writing this blog for over a year and really enjoy doing it.
I even find Facebook and Twitter have improved my writing skills.
I know that sounds nuts, but the limit of 140 characters has taught me to shorten my sentences, and structure them in multiple ways in order to fit in all the essential information. As well, it has taught me to re-word the same sentence or statement into multiple versions to avoid redundancy.
I love drafting Facebook statuses – a lot of which don’t get published because I don’t think they are good enough.

In November I had decided to take on National Novel Writing Month. #NaNoWriMo as you may have seen me tweet about.
I did not nearly finish the 50,000 words they require for you to “win” NaNoWriMo and did not really expect to. But I did write over 8,000 words which is, in all honestly, more words than I’ve ever written of anything I can remember. Especially for fun, outside of university and fiction!

I started writing a “chick-lit” novel. Inspired by my recent enjoyment of Lindsey Kelk’s “I Heart” series and Sophie Kinsella (the idea for the novel came while watching the Confessions of a Shopaholic movie).

When I was working on my NaNoWriMo novel I felt pure pleasure. Once I got the ball rolling and into the writing mindset, I had so much fun doing it.
I love thinking about character traits and coming up with plot points that lead the character to different realizations.

I have a lot of learning to do to improve my writing, but I am really excited to take on that challenge.
I certainly did not expect to write an excellent novel in one month. I knew that it would take many months (or years!) more to finish and revise my novel, but I am very glad that I got started.

Now that Christmas is over and I am excited and motivated about 2015, I am going to continue with the novel I started and improve my writing skills.


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