For over 7 years, writing a novel has been on the back of my mind. This began after I developed the habit of journaling. Because this was not chosen, I know this is a calling from the Lord. Unfortunately, I had no idea how to begin a novel at the time. Plus I was puzzled with fear. Knowing that effective communication is needed in order for a book to be a best seller, I told God “I will just start a blog.”
Unbeknownst to me, beginning a blog actually blessed me with something I never thought I achieve: develop a writing routine. Beginning a blog was an enormous step for me. It helped me become more comfortable with sharing my writing, as well as accepting criticism from those who disagree with my writings. Fear no longer hindered me. However, the vision of starting a novel has not gone away. I asked God “why are you doing this? I do not know how to start, where to start, or what to write about!” Speaking is a constant battle for me, so why should I take the chance of putting the scattered words trapped within me on paper? I say scattered because my vocabulary is scattered at times. I set aside the vision once again and continued to blog.
The struggle with stepping back on the wagon (getting my routine back on track) continues to haunt me. Having a writing routine on the table is just one step. I’m now aware that developing a writing routine includes writing even when you are not inspired. I thank Hope Writers (a community of writers who help writers get started on their writing journey step by step) for enlightening me on that important fact. It was very much needed. Now, it’s up to me to actually make the novel come to life.
Now, you may be wondering: did you begin your novel? Fortunately I began in November! I’m at the beginning of chapter 2. Still have a ways to go, but it’s progress. It’s a fictional romance between an autistic woman and a neurotypical single father. Yes, I discovered that fiction writing is a talent I possess. The best part: discovering my target audience. My audience is adults with autism. I hope to inspire people from all walks of life however.
I have a promise: When I make it to chapter 3, I will let you all know. I figured I should create a form of accountability in hopes of developing that push needed.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Remember: it’s possible to do something you love, even when it seems impossible.