Thursday, August 18, 2011
Week of OYAN: For Love of OYAN
I think users of the One Year Adventure Novel program have a tendency to talk about it with almost a reverence. I know I do. I’m a junkie for the webinars, the shirts, the workshops, the workshop DVDs, and anything else that comes out with that name on it.
I can’t vouch for everyone else, but I can vouch for myself on the reason I’ve become this way: the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum has literally changed my life.
When I asked mom about that “novel writing class” she’d seen in the homeschool newsletter weeks before, I wasn’t expecting everything that would follow. I didn’t know it was a curriculum-in-the-making. I didn’t know my teacher would become a writing mentor to me. I didn’t know that he and his wife would become my dear friends. I didn’t know I would write a book that would catapult me onto a roller coaster of a spiritual journey. I didn’t know that I would attend a workshop to meet friends from faraway places that I had never seen before. I didn’t expect to say yes to running a critique group and giving a speech to the whole workshop. I didn’t expect take a job.
I most certainly didn’t expect to say, yes, I WOULD run an OYAN booth at the homeschool conference near where I’m moving.
I’m the shy girl who was terrified when we drove up to that old strip-mall for the first class, the timid writer who just wanted to finish the novel she started when she was 8. The doubtful student who peppered her teacher with emails just to make sure she was doing it right.
If someone had told me that I would be doing all those things in three and a half years, I don’t think I would’ve believed them.
But I have and I am.
For love of OYAN.
OYAN gave me confidence in writing. Mr.S. taught me how to tell a good story, how to get from page 1 to the elusive words THE END. He taught me how to edit, and how to share my writing with the world. He gave me the tools that would make my Forest of Lies spiritual journey possible.
He told me I could change the world.
That, more than anything, was what I needed. One of God’s greatest gifts to me in the past four years has been One Year Adventure Novel--the curriculum’s tools, the mentor’s guidance, the community’s encouragement.
I can’t promise the kind of change I’ve gone through to everyone who purchases the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum; for one thing, the hand of God was so apparent in all of it that I’m sure I can’t contribute it to OYAN alone (though the godliness of its creator certainly shines through). But you know what? I can almost guarantee you will learn two things:
1)First drafts are always rough and
2) Write them anyway.
I’ve always been a writer, and I always will be.
But I will be forever in debt to the curriculum that took me to the heights of excitement, hardship, and adventure that awaits beyond chapter 1.
I’m an OYANer...
...and this is my story.