Fiction Fridays: What I’m Writing & What I’m Reading About Writing

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“Novel writing isn’t always about finding the right ideas. It’s about finding the time and the energy.” – 90 Days to Your Novel by Sarah Domet

My first Fiction Friday of Blogust has arrived and I haven’t written a single word of fiction. Since August first, that is. My current work in progress is up to 6,459 words. So that’s something.

I have dreamed of, and many times attempted, writing young adult fiction for several years now. I even got up to 17,000 words once a few years ago. I mostly feel like I don’t know what I’m doing, but then visions of Stephanie Meyer and J.K. Rowling writing frantically drive me to wonder: what if?

These days, I continue to dream about the glitz and glamour of the Emily Giffins and Meg Cabots of the world. Ok, I know it’s not all glitz and glamour. And my reason for wanting to write fiction isn’t all for the fame and fortune all writers enjoy (well, don’t they?).

I Want to Inspire

I suppose my reasons for wanting to write young adult fiction are the same as someone who truly wants to teach, be a doctor, or write music. I want to make the world a better place, and I want to do so by inspiring other people to be better themselves.

I feel that young girls are my target audience because I was once a young girl and I feel that I could have used more inspiration growing up. Not that I didn’t have a great upbringing, but still, once I started to discover self-help books and yoga, I started to realize that there is a whole other, better, more positive way to live life than we are led to believe by the “real world” everyone likes to talk about so much.

I feel that if young girls could be guided starting at a younger age to be independent thinkers and have confidence and high self-esteem, who knows how much the world could be a better place? Thank you Oprah Leadership Academy for Girls!

I know there are many programs out there already working to develop the self-esteem of girls from a young age, and I am always excited to hear about them. I feel very strongly that my personal contribution to the world is through writing, and feel that somehow (hopefully) the world needs my book.

Maybe I am crazy. I often think I am. Why put myself through all of this? I have no formal training, and no real clue how to put together a plot. Hell, I don’t even have a plot!

Books About Writing

I was inspired by the title of Chris Baty’s (founder of NaNoWriMo) book: No Plot? No Problem! I thought: hey, that’s me! I got the book, but still haven’t read it. I also have Writing Great Books for Young Adults, Your First Novel, and several others. I suspect I am not the first aspiring author who has bought all the books on writing but still has yet to complete her writing project…

I often get bogged down by the exercises in the books, and start to panic that I haven’t yet read enough young adult fiction to know what I’m doing, or haven’t thought through what I’m about to write enough to start writing. It’s painful!

This is why I got 90 Days to Your Novel (I know, I know; like I really needed another book about writing). I am giving myself the rest of 2014 to get it together and write my first draft of my first novel. It doesn’t even have to be good. I feel like even if I write a terrible first book, maybe the second book could turn out okay? It could happen!

My Work in Progress

I don’t feel ready to write a short synopsis of my book yet because honestly I don’t know what it’s about yet. I am counting on being guided along the process of developing an actual plot by 90 Days to Your Novel. However, I can share that my idea has to do with yoga. I like to go to Barnes and Noble and peruse the young adult (and younger) fiction section. I notice there has been an explosion of series about cupcakes and baking lately, which makes me hope there is room out there for my book concept.

I grew up reading The Baby-sitters Club. I LOVED them. I still do. My thinking is that if Ann M. Martin could write about baby-sitters who formed a club in the 80s, and if there can be cupcake club books and mother-daughter book club books, why not a yoga club? For young girls, I mean. I just Googled yoga club book and almost had a heart attack when I saw that there is already one! Eek! Fortunately, it’s not young adult. Phew!

My dream is to write a young adult fiction series with a yoga theme that gives young girls a sense of being empowered and instills confidence and self-esteem. There you have it! My fiction dream.

As Sam on Glee said: “It’s time for your dream to stop being a dream and start becoming a reality.” Yes, indeed! I am excited to continue to work on my dream and even more excited to have a guide to follow.

Now that you have heard mine, what’s yours? I feel like this should have been the most important assignment in high school: what is your dream project? What would you want to do even if there wasn’t promise of one penny? Let us know! Namaste!

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