Hey Dana in 2008,
Yeah, you. I know it sounds crazy, but within the next few months, you’re going to start on a new wild adventure. I know, I know, that’s really is crazy. Life is pretty good right now, and you’re happy. A new adventure doesn’t sound like fun…you like it safe. I promise you, this is going to be fun. Sometimes you’ll want to kick yourself, and sometimes you’ll have doubts, but you must keep moving forward.
What am I talking about, you ask?
Well…wait for it… you’re going to write a novel. Um…actually you’re going to write several novels. Something sparks and I still can’t explain it, but GO WITH IT! Put pencil to paper and follow your heart.
Those character ideas in your head will run your life for a while, and they’ll practically write that story for you. Follow them. Let them do the work. Trust it and follow your instincts. Take chances! Enter contests! Say yes!
You’ll meet some fantastic people and make several new friends. You’ll meet some shits too, and some of those shits will abandon you, but that’s okay because you’ll find out quick enough that you don’t really need them. AND that’s another place to follow your instincts, if they feel a little off to begin with, back off early.
Oh, and try not to break the bank at Barnes and Noble when you hit their resources section. They have some great books on how to write a novel, and you’ll use them, but go easy at first. Most of that stuff is available online. Check out The Bookshelf Muse, they’re no longer under that name, but trust me, you’ll learn tons.
Have fun! Love you!
Dana from 2014
PS. Check out NaNoWriMo! You’ll meet some great people and learn to let your hair down a little.
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