Oh and for a first time writer, a 30 day time frame seemed like way too daunting of a task. It's pretty intimidating.
However, over the past few months, I kept kicking around the idea of writing a novel. I knew I had to produce some sort of outline but I didn't even know how to approach that. After I had put down The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig and checked out his outstanding website, Terrible Minds, I started to feel better about my ambition. Chuck's blog about writing and his advise for those who just have no idea where/how to begin is invaluable. If you haven't checked it out, I can't recommend it enough (also - cheap plug - I'm interviewing the man later this month @ ERT).
I really have no idea if this story is going to be good. While I love the idea, I feel like it isn't all that original. I'm just hoping that I can add something that makes people want to read it. Truth is, not every writer is perfect their first time around. They rely on edits, feedback and interest from others. The fact is, I'm 29 and about to hit the big 3-0 (not exactly ancient here) and I feel like I have not done one thing that can be considered extraordinary. I'm tired of coming up with excuses on why I didn't do something and rather come up with reasons for why I am doing something.