Like all good stories, this one was bred from inspiration. Well, I have no idea if that's true or not, but it sounds good, so I'm going with it. My inspiration comes from my bouncy, smart, creative, and sometimes a little too big for his britches son, EJ. When I decided to write a novel, I asked him what kind of story he wanted to read. We were sitting on his bed at the time, er, scratch that, I was sitting on his bed, he was jumping on it. He stopped bouncing long enough to stare at his map of the United States on his wall and say that he wanted a story where the kids traveled across the country. Well, what were they looking for? "Their mother!" And thus was born the idea for The Adventures of Gershom and Jasmine.
On the last day of October, I decided to do something on a whim. I decided to write a novel. I know, writing an entire novel doesn't exactly sound like something people do on the spur of the moment, and normally I think about stuff (especially stressful stuff) a lot before I gently ease myself in, but for some reason, I just couldn't let my sister-in-law write a novel and not also write one myself. Call it pride or whatever else you want, but writing is MY thing, and I wasn't going to let it go without a fight.
On the first day of November, I started my novel. Why? Because November is NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth, or NaNoWriMo, for short, or just NaNo for even shorter. There is a website with a gazillion help threads on their forum, and several times a week, everyone gets sent an encouraging email. Most of each email was all about the person writing it, but usually at the end I would find a gold nugget. I would like to share those nuggets with you.
I am part of an (in)courage group on facebook. This group is all about writing. I love being a part of this group, because it really does encourage me to write! We've learned that there are five main types of writers, and today's challenge was a "Guide" exercise. Pick something you're good at and tell how to do it! The lady in charge (my cousin-in-law) suggested a few different mediums to adapt this how-to exercise to a particular different writing style. I thought I'd play around with it a bit and try several. The only one I didn't even attempt (on paper/computer--I thought about it in my head and that's as far as THAT went!) was the poem. I was going to write a poem about how to fold the perfect paper airplane. I am obviously NOT whatever style poetry is! I don't know how to properly match up the style names with what I've got, so enjoy, and let me know which one you think seems like a better fit with me: list, interview, or story.
EJ and I were playing the other day, and I told him not to think of a green elephant. He laughed (because seriously, as soon as someone tells you not to think of something, don't you immediately think of that specific thing?!). Then he asked me to tell him a story about a green elephant. After I told my story, he told me one of his own.
The Tale of the Green Elephant
Who am I, you ask?
In 2006 I had a stroke, and every day my husband encourages me to use my remaining brain cells to the best of my ability. I love to organize, make crafts, and go on adventures (safe ones). I hope that through my blog posts, you will be encouraged to accept and make the best of challenges God throws at your life.