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Starting A New Novel

   
   I realized today that I have almost twelve pages of notebook paper filled up with the beginning of a new novel I've been working on. I can't say much about it yet because even I don't know exactly where it's going, but it's been nice to have something new to work on creatively. Even though I can't spend as much time as I would like on it (College, Work, this BLOG all take up a lot of time) I am still glad to have a creative outlet again. I'm especially glad because this novel that I am working on is one that I've had in my head in one-way shape or form since I was in like junior high or high school. I'm fixing to turn 20, that's a long time to have an idea in your head. I am not a superstitious person, but I do believe that if something won't leave you alone, especially when it's creative, you need to at least try to get it out of you.
          There is just one problem with this though, I have been having the hardest time getting this out of me. Oh sure I'm able to write a whole lot, that's hardly ever a problem for me, but I am dealing with something new. I'm writing from the perspective of a girl who is nothing like me while giving her friends that are nothing like me (or at least not enough for me to notice) and putting her in a life that is nothing like mine. I think for the first time in my writing life I have actually been handed a genuine challenge. I don't mind the challenge, but that does not mean that I don't worry just a bit about where this will eventually go (if it goes anywhere). So to get it out in the open here are some things I'm dealing with in this novel.

1. Popular Crowd

         My main character and her friends are all a part of the popular crowd, which is the way it needs to be for me to tell the story the way I plan on telling it. However, as someone who has never been all that popular, there are a lot of things that I am unsure of, so I'm having to go based on life experiences and what I've learned from other sources of media. So not a bad thing, but not familiar either.

2. Talents

          My main character is a dancer, a talent I do not possess. Which means lots of research for me.

3. Mental Illness

         I'm not quite sure how, but I want to really explore some themes of mental illness in this story, which, again, means lots of research for me.

         There are obviously a lot more things that I have to figure out in my novel, but those three are the ones that honestly worry me the most about getting right.
I guess I just have to have faith!

Love,
Baleigh

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  1. All of this sounds so exciting! I've finished my first novel about two years ago, and this week I started working on a new one. Like you I've this idea for quite some time, but didn't have the courage enough to put on paper. I hope you keep working on yours, because it sounds really interesting.
    PS: have you tried wattpad? It has actually been helping me a lot :)

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  2. Go you! I have always said I would write books but I never have. Starting a blog was a big deal so I can't imagine how much more a book would be.

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  3. I have started my novel 2 years ago vote never finished. Now trying to pick it up again but same as you - busy bee 🙈

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