People often ask me why I want to be a writer. My default answer is that I express myself best through writing. It's a solitary task, one that I can do freely, without immediate judgment. It also allows me to erase and revise as needed - and maybe even delete completely. You can't exactly unsay what you've already said out loud.
Now, if you ask me why I want to be a novelist, my answer would be quite different. It's not because I have legendary worlds wanting to break free of my imagination. It's not even because I feel that I would be the next Jane Austen or JK Rowling. It's much simpler than that.
I want to be a novelist because I love to read. There are stories I want to read but can't, because they only exist in my imagination. So I write, allowing my mind to wander where it wills and my words to shape the realities only I know. And I send stories out into the world in fragments and torrents, hoping that other people might find truth in my version of reality.
Last 2016, my friends and I established nonnegotiagoals - that one thing we each had to accomplish above else. Mine was to backpack Europe alone. This 2017, I want to make another of my dreams come true - that dream I've clung to since childhood.
I'm going to finish a novel. Not just finish writing one - I've done that, and got stuck at the editing stage. I mean to finish a novel that's ready for publication, or at least for submission to agents/publishers.
That's also where this daily writing practice comes in. I hope that these short bursts of texts flex my writing muscles and exercise my fluency of the language.
I still don't know what my story will be exactly, but I'm excited to find out. So stay tuned!
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