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Why I write (alternatively named: why I decided to blog rather than write a novel)

A few years ago, I decided to delve into novel writing by participating in NaNoWriMo. The end product1 turned out to be Mirrored Worlds. I enjoyed writing it, and I’m sad that I never got a chance to finish it; it’s sitting at 13,000 words.2 I wanted to participate again last year, never did, but to be fair, this was still me trying to settle in California and also the start of what would be a huge life change (although I didn’t know it at the time).

This year, I’m saving myself the disappointment. I have zero ideas for novels, so I’ve decided to not participate this year on my own accord. However, I wanted to do something to get me into writing at least semi-regularly3 in this blog. So NaBloPoMo it is. So today’s prompt:

What is your favourite part about writing?

My favorite part about writing? I suppose it depends on what it is. If it’s something like a resume, then absolutely nothing. If it’s something like a novel, then the brainstorming part is the fun part (Mirrored Worlds had a lot of brainstorming involved). If it’s a short story or a play, then it’s actually writing it. I don’t know why short stories and plays are more fun to write, but it is. My least favorite part of it all is actually making sure I didn’t fuck shit up. I’m pretty anal about spelling and punctuation and all that. I wince if I misspell4 sometimes. I will read…and re-read things to find something wrong with it. And if there is too much wrong, I scrap it altogether. Yeah, it’s that serious.

But I love to write, and I wish I could get the motivation to start (and finish) stuff again. Only time will tell.

  1. sorta
  2. Granted, I still can finish it, just have to find the motivation to do so
  3. Meaning, more than once a month
  4. I winced right there when I misspelled “misspell”

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