I write because I have to

I fell in love with solitude twice.

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The first time must have been before the age of 10 – I don’t remember exactly but I know that by my teenage years, I relished being alone. It was an odd thing for a natural extrovert like me. I found myself looking for those moments where I could hear my own thoughts.

By the time I was 14, the thoughts had turned to words, words that needed to be put on a page.

Then I started writing poetry. That was it – I was head over heels with writing – and the solitude it required. The compulsion to write was at times overwhelming. Sometimes, I ignored it, deeming it a “weakness”, a flaw that made me appear soft and sensitive. This and many other things meant I stopped writing poetry. But I never really stopped writing. It manifested in letters to friends, emails and even little ‘sorry-I-missed-you-while-you-were-out’ notes. My friends thought I had a way with words.

Life is the busiest it’s ever been and solitude is rare and precious.

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I have found that I can’t hear my thoughts as often as I’d like. I can’t express words as clearly as I used to. Solitude eludes me. But I still write. This time, solitude is a former lover that I never really stopped loving – one that only needs to meet my eye and I’ll come running back. So perhaps, I fell in love with solitude once. Maybe one day, he’ll come back to me, the noise will quiet down and I will hear the words coming from over my shoulder.

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NaNoWriMo2011 – Day 26

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 43,547

Julia finds out that Will is the witness to Paulie’s case. She had a dinner party with Bruno, Martha and Martha’s new beau, Ronan, who is ten years younger.

Joyce comes home to find her apartment ransacked. Some papers on the floor indicate what it might be in relation to. She leaves for Manchester immediately to stay with her mum.

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NaNoWriMo2011 – Day 24 & Day 25

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 41,085

Bruno gives an outstanding presentation that impresses Julia as well as other bosses at La Belle.

Joyce goes for her 20-week scan and has mixed feelings about being a single mother. Meanwhile, Julia is persuaded to contact her.

Marc Stuart (Paulie’s former boss at Skyline Financials) reveals himself and tries to track down Paulie, the witness and the so-called evidence that he believes may be used to blackmail him later. He has plans that everyone needs to be very worried about…

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NaNoWriMo2011 – Day 23

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 38,638

Paulie turns up at Julia’s house unannounced and receives a shock.

Bruno suggests that Julia call Joyce to get to the bottom of what Paulie was doing with Will.

Felicia makes plans to put her house in order before it is too late.

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NaNoWriMo2011 – Day19 & Day 20

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 32,793

Being back home in Aberdeen bring mixed memories for Julia, including one that she cannot quite remember…

Joyce finally tells Paulie that she is pregnant.

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