When I sat down at the computer to write for the first time, I almost began to feel emotional. Think of it - this story that I am starting completely from scratch will be completed (or at least 50,000 words further) in only 30 days!
I typed in the title, and the words "Chapter One" on the next page. Then I sat in silence. Beginning is always hard for me, because I like to just jump in without introducing the main character & the setting. So I had to go over and over the beginning until I got it just so. (Yes, I know that with NaNoWriMo they want you to kill your inner editor, but if I do that, I think it would just about kill me!) I finally got it where I actually rather like it. Here's the first couple of paragraphs:
"This is my first time ever writing in this book. My name is Anna Forsythe, and I know I will be an author someday. I know this even though right now I’m only 13 years old.
I eventually want to write a story in here, but for now, I’m using it as a place to collect my thoughts. I have a lot of thoughts. And no one to share them with. My Dad’s too caught up in whatever he does (I don’t really know what he does) and my mom… well she’s not living anymore.
Anna stopped and stared out the window of the car. She could still remember the day… but it was too painful to recall. She pursed her lips and continued writing.
My dad and I are moving to a new home. We aren’t bringing any of our furniture or anything, just our clothes and stuff. I wish we weren’t moving, because I liked our other home. But Dad says it’s too big. I think he doesn’t like all the memories."
I'm also finding that it's hard trying to write in the style of a 13 year old - and trying to figure out how a 13 year old would write a story. But Anna has captured me with her vivid imagination & love of writing. Also, her inability to function in the real world is making my heart break for her. I hope she can enlighten me more as I write her story.
Off to get these characters out of my head, and on to the paper!