Getting started: June 30, 2010
Written by
Marilyn Fried
June 2010
Written by
Marilyn Fried
June 2010
I am brand new here at SheWrites. I think that this is an amazing place. Writing can be an isolating activity and I am delighted to have a coffee-house of sorts to meet up with other writers of various genres and experiences. Like many of you, I have kept a journal for a long time (since 1976), always enjoyed writing in school, chose classes where you had to write a paper as the final project and even served on the law review in law school and loved it. I love to write and to edit. (Law school and law review ripped my writer's ego away, put it through the shredder and handed me back the pieces---teaching me that writing can always be improved.) Until recently, I saw myself as solely a nonfiction writer, thinking that I was good with facts but lacking in imagination. I decided to challenge this notion by jumping into the novel-in-30-days project started by Chris Baty, which is usually done in November and billed as NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. So, although I will lack the camaraderie of thousands of others grinding through the month, I am doing it anyway, starting July 1, 2010. I will report on it here. I am trying to think of it as using words as finger paint---allowing myself the pleasure of playing with words, not being perfect and maybe making a mess but, ultimately, having fun with words in a way that my nonfiction writing does not permit me. Also, by way of introduction, I am in graduate school, getting a Master's of Science in Nonprofit Management. So I have been an RN, an attorney, a life coach and am learning the world of Nonprofit work. The one constant throughout my life has been a desire to write. Words are so powerful and I deeply respect them. But for once, I want to learn to play with them too.

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  • Maryellen Brady

    I love the 'using words as 'finger paint' :) In Nano, the creative muse rules over eveything you write, editing and rules are for later....
    Hopefully I can read some of your creations soon!

  • Marilyn,

    I love your list of pasts: Rn, attorney, life coach, and your list of currents: Master's of Science in Non profit Management, entering the world of Non profit work. What a rich mix to draw from then, as you dive into your writing, wether journal entries that make their way into blog entries or essays, or that novel you'll have a rough draft of in a month's time. Very nice to meet you. Look forward to talking to you here on She Writes.

  • Lisa Rivero

    Welcome, Marilyn! I think it's terrific that you are making your own NaNoWriMo. I, too, am broadening my writing to include fiction as well as non-fiction. I'm not sure why it feels so scary at times...

    "The one constant throughout my life has been a desire to write." I think that one idea is perhaps what bonds us here together more than anything else. I look forward to getting to know you.

    ~ Lisa

  • caren gittleman

    Hi Marilyn!
    thanks for friending me!
    I am seriously doubting I will be able to figure this out. I kept trying to change the appearance of my page, nada, zip, zilch.......
    Surprised they accepted me with my being a "Pet Blogger" while all of you have grand aspirations to pen a tome!!
    Ahhhh I also kept a sexual exploits are probably in the hands of some poor sanitation engineer...forgot to take my journal with me YEARS AGO when I moved out of my first apartment. I should check the bookstores, someone probably published a trashy novel from it. You know, the kind that women take on vacations with them?
    Oh....please don't suggest I view the tutorial......I did....'nuff said lol

  • Bev Murrill

    oh yeah... I draw like that.. but I write better, so you probably do too... we have a saying in Australia - 'give it a go, ya mug, ya never know, it might work'... great that you're working on it.

  • Marilyn Fried

    Well, I just want to use this exercise to give fiction writing a shot. I'll let you know what I think. My fear is that my fiction writing will be the equivalent of drawing stick figures and calling it art. :)

  • Bev Murrill

    That's a pretty intensive work record Marilyn! You don't look old enough to have fitted that all in! I too don't feel that I have the imagination for fiction, but I'd love to write it well. So far my writing is non fiction or reflective... who knows... maybe I can change that in the next little while.