November 2013 was the first year that I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Like many writers around the world, I sat at my computer on November 1 and prepared to write the draft of my first novel. Writing 50,000 words in one month seemed daunting, especially when I only had four words confirmed, the title of the novel: The Truth About Awiti.
I successfully completed NaNoWriMo 2013, and The Truth About Awiti went on to become my debut novel. I learned so much about the writing process by participating in the program. I learned to show up and commit to writing — every day. I discovered a writing community and network of fellow writers, many of which became my friends. But perhaps most importantly, I learned that I could do it.
And so November will always have a special place in my heart, aside from the holidays and beautiful fall weather. It’s the month where I committed to make my dreams come true. (And yes, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo 2015!)