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Monday, April 22, 2013

Becoming a Writer

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(I just realized it's been a horrible month for posting on the blog. :\ I don't mean to neglect you guys, really! I'll try to be better about posting in May.)

Today I'm going to take a break from recipe posts and post one on writing. Not really on a specific topic about writing, just sort of babbling I guess. ;)

From Google

 I never really liked to write before the fourth grade. It wasn't until that year that I actually decided this was something I wanted to pursue. To this day I'm not really sure what changed my attitude about writing. All I can remember is that my teacher said we had to write at least two stories by the end of the year, because it counted as part of our grade. As you can imagine, I was not happy about that. But I wanted a good grade so I did some hard thinking on story ideas.

The first story I wrote was titled Janie and the Goblet of Dreams. It was slightly based off of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I'll admit, but I was a fourth grader and all my ideas were pretty much variations of stuff I was interested in at the time.

Personally, I thought the Janie story was awful. But I showed it to a few friends and they thought it was fantastic and begged me to write more. I was shocked. I didn't even try to write a story people were interested in. It just- happened. And keep in mind, my friends were around the age of nine. Still, I couldn't shake off the feeling that writing might actually be something that I'm good at.

I wrote three stories that year. They were all part of Janie's adventures. Looking back at them, I feel embarrassed and think they're terrible. But it reminds me of how far I've come. I've even been selected as a finalist in a writing contest! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be chosen. But I was. And it makes all 30 of those long, hand-cramping days in November worthwhile.

It took me two months to decide if I really was going to participate in National Novel Writing Month. It sounded like a lot of work to write 50K words in only 30 days. It took a lot of motivation to pick up a pencil every single day that month and spew words to my story. It's taken even more motivation to go back and edit my way through the rough draft, which is becoming slightly less rougher every day.

But sometimes I just want to give up. I want to throw my novel across the room and leave it there. There are so many problems, so much to fix. Then I remember why I'm doing this. I'm doing it to share my story with others. It's not something I want cooped up in my house, with only a few friends reading it. I want to see other people that I don't even know reading it and enjoying the messages I have to say. That's probably the most thrilling thing to see as an author.

On a separate note, I'm running out of recipe ideas. I need inspiration, you guys! Please comment any recipe you want me to try to Paleo-ize, vegan-ize, health-ify or whatever. Hopefully I'll find some time this week or weekend to try it out.  :)


  1. Love your story:) I can't wait for you to get published!:D

  2. Nice story! I'm so happy you found your passion for writing, because writing is awesome:)
    Maybe vegan Boston Cream Pie? That sounds yummy!

    1. Thanks! I'm happy I found my passion for writing, too. My life would not be the same without it. :)

      Boston cream pie is a great idea. I'll try to make is sometime soon.


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