Next week marks the beginning of November, which is a month that many writers look forward to and dread at the same time. If you didn't know, besides being the filler month between Halloween and Christmas, it is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to spend everyday writing, and in 30 days you'll have a completed manuscript. Ok, so maybe not a completed manuscript, but at least you should end up with a rough first draft with a beginning, middle, and end. The word count goal needed to "win" is 50,000 words. That sounds like a lot, but it's really just in the neighborhood of 175-200 pages. Depending on the genre you are writing, that may or may not be around the word count you need (mostly it's not). That's ok, because that's really not the point.
My wife was telling me a story the other day about a secret blog she started six years ago. She had started doing a lot of crochet projects and other crafts as an outlet shortly after our third child was born. Being creative in this way was a great outlet for her at a time that was pretty stressful (for fun, we had decided to close on our first house a week before our third son was born, and moved in a month later). She had also kept a blog for a little while about our first two kids, and that had been almost therapuetic for her. She began to think that maybe keeping a blog where she could share her crafts with others would be beneficial for her.
Hello, and welcome to my site. My name is Jake Dietz and I am a writer. Not a famous writer, or anything like that, just a writer. As of the time I am writing this post, I have not yet been published anywhere, except my own blog, and I don't think that counts. I don't have any major book deals in the works, or any minor ones for that matter. I am just a guy who likes to write and wants to share the experience with you. That's all it really takes to be a writer, simply wanting to write something and then actually writing it.
Jake Dietz is a story teller. In addition to the writings on this site, he is also the host of The Geeky Mormon Presents... -a weekly podcast on all things geek. He is also a husband and father of six beautiful children. He loves a good story and will take it in any format he can find.
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