My Story as a Writer and Where I’m at Now~
I’ve been thinking about my journey and growth as a writer a lot lately, so I’ve decided to put down my thoughts, particularly how I came to start writing and, as the title suggests, how I fell in love with it. I hope some of you, especially aspiring authors such as myself, can relate to or just simply enjoy this post 🙂
It started when I was in first grade, when I was taught what figurative language was. I thought similes, metaphors, idioms, hyperboles, personification, etc., were the coolest things ever and I had an inexplicable desire to use them all. That, I think, is when I began writing for the first time. I wrote short stories and decorated them with images from clip art. And they were awful. Cringey. But hey, I was in first grade, and you gotta start somewhere (unless you’re as talented as Harper Lee and your first novel is a literary classic).
Those short stories didn’t get much better (just a little bit) as I made my way through grade school, but I kept at it and enjoyed it. Ever since elementary school, I wanted to write a full length book, particularly (yikes I’ve used this word twice already) at a young age. When I was in first grade or so, I wrote a one page story and asked my mom if I could get it published. In my young and naive mind, it was long enough to pass as a novella. Ha. My mom promptly told me, “I think it’s too short.” Dismayed, I started to type what I thought would be a novel, without any planning whatsoever. Needless to say, that didn’t go anywhere, but I’m glad it didn’t. This happened a couple more times while I was in elementary, where I would write a random, drawn out story and hope for the best (I knew nothing, ok?).
Throughout the years, I continued to read and occasionally write. There was a span of time, from fifth to seventh grade I think, when I hardly wrote at all. But then, all the sudden, I finished reading a book in November of 2013, my eighth grade year, and decided “hey, I can do this too. I’m going to write a novel.” So I did.
I planned a story, the major plot points, the characters, and did chapter outlines as I went. After about seven months, I finished a 147k word manuscript, which became Shadow of the Sacred Islands. Is it the best story ever? No. Are there flaws? Yes. But am I proud of it? Yes! Writing a novel is an accomplishment, and CONGRATS if you have ever done so or are committing yourself to writing one. Doesn’t matter if it’s traditionally published, self-published (shout out to all the indie authors out there), or not published at all. It takes a lot of work and discipline, especially if you’re a first timer. My greatest advice is keep at it, don’t stop writing, no matter what anyone tells you or what you read. It doesn’t matter if you’re horrible at writing, if you love it and keep doing it, you WILL get better. When I flip through the pages of Shadow of the Sacred Islands I sometimes cringe at what I wrote when I was fourteen. My writing has greatly–no, IMMENSELY– improved since then. My writing style has further developed, the lengths of my sentences vary more, I plan in much greater detail–there are pages and pages of planning and notes on characters and the plot–but like I said before, you gotta start somewhere. That’s why I love the quote, “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
Currently, I am trying to write a trilogy. There is much work to be done on the first book’s manuscript, as the first draft is the only draft at the moment heh, and I’ve just started on the second book as well (no, I don’t know what I’m doing). Though it’s probably gonna be a couple years or so before I’m ready to send out query letters to literary agents, I’m very excited about it.
I’m inspired by the books I read and the authors I love. This Earth has been blessed with J.R.R. Tolkien and I cannot begin to describe how much his world and writing, especially The Lord of the Rings, which is what I’m reading right now, has inspired me. Reading Tolkien’s work and Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles has pulled me out of that dreaded writer’s block so many times.
So there you have it. That’s the brief description on how I came to know creative writing and how I’ve grown to love it. There are a lot of people like me, young and older, hoping to get their novel out into the world and share it with others. I hope all you aspiring or amateur authors keep doing what you love and I wish you the best.
(btw-my book Shadow of the Sacred Islands is on sale on Amazon and you should check it out! *hint hint* 😉 #selfpromo ha)