A while back I wrote a post about how I finally decided what I wanted to be when I grow up. I figured I still have a bit of time as I have yet to grow up and fully master the art of being an actual proper grown up, when does that happen by the way? Do you suddenly just wake up one day and bam, you are an adult? But poor life choices aside I decided that I want to write a book. More specifically I said I want to be a writer. But I already am as a kind commenter pointed out. I do write, on the blog, short stories, flash fiction. Sometimes, most times actually, I just write and delete, write and delete until the right idea pops into my head. This actual post started off as a love story, a man and woman who love each other, then deleted. Next it was a story about a mid 30’s fiery haired woman who sat in a cafe every single day all decked out in the finest Emma Bridgewater kitsch and no wifi, *gasp* but neither of them gave me a story. Neither of the were truly really present for me.
I do love to write but it seems I can’t write on demand whether it be fiction or random blog posts, because let’s face it this blog is as random as isn’t it! A bit of this a bit of that, with hindsight that would of been a fab blog name for me, a bit of this and that! See there I go off again talking about random things! Back on topic, I have wanted to write a book for so long but not a just any book, my book. Not the next JK Rowling or Steven King even but the first me. But what would the first me write about? That was the real issue, what to actually write about? Who to write about? Questions, decisions and would I actually be able to write a full novel, a book, a story, a something that other would want to read? It is so different writing 300 pages to just over 300 words in a blog post size titbit isn’t it.
My first real serious attempt came in the form of There’s Something I Need To Tell You. I have written small short pieces of fiction before but with this one it was different. The characters spoke to me and I listened resulting in 5 instalments all of them emotional but that was that and as quick as they came, they told their story and they were gone again poof!
I decided to start reading more, taking in as much as could about the way other authors wrote and to get some ideas. I also read some amazing blogs all with amazing and talented writers, 3 of my favourites being Verily Victoria Vocalises, writing bubble and Agent Spitback. I have to admit I used to get a wee bit jealous, I can’t rhyme and write poems like one or put a new and funny spin on stories and situations like another or write as beautifully descriptive like the other. I still get ridiculously excited and may even squeal a bit when I get a tweet to say I have been included in another BritMums poetry and prose round up (for the latest one click here). But then I found my ‘thing’ my angle and how I write best. And now I am ok with that, I am finding my feet and and then one day something popped into my head.
That something was Serenity. It didn’t start the way it ended. Then it didn’t end. I found myself writing more and more and 2000 words appeared. Then at work I wrote more in my training pad (technically I am training just not the work kind) 8 pages more, then I wrote the back story and the prologue. I built characters and worlds. Suddenly what started off as an idea became more. It is now building and evolving into a story. I know who they are, I have the main characters and part of their world too. At the moment I am just writing, seeing where it takes me and worrying about other stuff later on. The tweaks, the details, the intricacies of building a whole new reality. It will come, with time and patience and practise. But what I didn’t realise was exactly what I can imagine when given the opportunity to just write and write like there’s nothing else to do. I am so tempted to post it on the blog as I write it but for now I am holding out to see how far I can go with it.
So that’s it, my writing progress so far. Have you read any of my stories? I would love some feedback, ideas, tips and even constructive criticism. You can find everything I have ever written and published on this blog under the fiction tab in the menu at the top of the page.