Other than alphabet soup, what exactly does this mean?
National Novel Writing Month
Each November, people try their hand at writing a novel (or, at least 50,000 words) within the month.
Personally, I’ve not participated in NaNoWriMo, but it did get me thinking about how I got my start in writing, since this is the time when many people who are not ordinarily writers “make the plunge”.
When did I write my first story?
I was three and I couldn’t write yet, so my mom recorded the story for me. It was about a bunny giving flowers to a queen.
When do I remember writing my first story?
I was eight and I remember writing stories in the backyard about the pioneers. I took my cue from The American Girls books.
When was the next big writing adventure?
In fifth grade we had to write a story and mine was a mystery about twin sisters in an old Native American city. This time I was influenced by Nancy Drew and The Boxcar Children books.
In my stories today, I still write historical fiction, often with a good dose of mystery and suspense thrown in.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Where do your influences come from?
My best to you all,