I’m going to write a novel. There. I said it. No going back now! Well, I could hit the delete button. Or maybe I won’t publish this post. But that would defeat the purpose.
I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing more writing for a while now, but I wanted to keep it on the down low. I didn’t want to tell anyone. I even got all bashful when I told my husband! (Of course, he wasn’t surprised, and he was totally supportive.) It’s scary to admit that I want something, to admit it to myself and to other people. But it’s necessary.
I read this post on No Meat Athlete this morning about making your goals public. The idea is that if you put it out there, other people will hold you accountable and motivate you to keep trying for your goal.
The idea seemed so obvious to me. I’ve done that for most of my running goals. I post all about my training on this here blog. I tweet just about every run I complete. My Facebook friends are probably sick to death of hearing about which I race’s butt I just kicked and which one is next.
But in all fairness, writing about my running goals doesn’t scare me. I am usually shooting for something within reach, and I respect running enough to know that if I don’t reach a goal, it’s okay as long as I did what I could. (There are a lot of things out of our control when we show up on race day.) But writing a novel? That’s a much scarier goal. I might not do it. I might not even come close. I might complete it, but it might be complete crap. But I want to do it! So I am proclaiming it here and now: I am going to write a novel!
What’s it about, you ask? I’m not sure. I have a few kernels of ideas floating around in my noggin, but I need to do a lot more brainstorming. My plan is to do some brainstorming techniques that I used to do with my students. That seems like as good a way as any to get started.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. So here I go, step one…
Do you typically share your goals or keep them to yourself? Anyone else out there hoping to write the next great American novel?*