Like many people, one of my big dreams is to write a novel and to see it published. Ever since I was a little girl I've wanted to write; but I never realised it was an actual career. Authors were just names on the front of covers, they weren't real people.
It wasn't until I was eighteen, bedbound and having Mum read books to me that I realised that I really wanted to write my own novel. I got so frustrated by a really bad story about a teenage detective who worked as a life guard that I decided then and there that I could do better and that one day I would.
For a long time the dream has been hovering in the background, a one day goal; but this year I decided it was a now goal and it was time I made it happen.
So September is officially First Draft Finishing Month.
It shouldn't be that hard - I've completed NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) twice and even done Camp NaNoWriMo; but sitting down in front of my computer this morning was so scary. When you decide to stop putting off your dream and start making it a reality you suddenly become incredibly insecure and wonder why it is you want it in the first place.
A short amount of procrastination later and I was typing rapidly away and loving seeing the story unfold. I have a feeling this process is going to bring up lots of emotional things and real world challenges; but I'm committed to making it a reality.
Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about people who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.
I'm an author, disability activist, winner of the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition and The EABA for Fiction 2020 and founder of Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses (ADCI).
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Title: The Choice
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