I think I always beleived that throughout highschool that I would be the person to write the next great Canadian novel. I had no idea how I’d pull it off, it’s just that because I spent so much time writing to procrastinate from essays and homework that I beleived that that’s what it took– just time.
But it’s not just time. Since then, I’ve had plenty of time to write. I know plenty of people who have better vocabulary than me, whose styles are snappier or more fluid. In this time, what have I done? I’ve attempted and failed NaNoWriMo at least 2 years in a row. I’ve had some decent ideas, but the problem has always been the same: follow through.
Well, I guess I’m going to get cracking this time around. I’ll try to finish in November, but chances are, I won’t because this time around, I’m going to write it by hand. I think perhaps using a keyboard is an excuse to just write a lot but not really put too much thought into it. I think the pace of a pen is going to do me some good. This time, I hope to finish.
And who knows? Maybe my handwriting will get better.
Actually, one thing that bothered me when I started teaching was that I feared my handwriting would be illegible. Turns out that after writing on the board for about a month, handwriting does get better. A pleasant surprise indeed!