For the purpose of this blog, which is going to be completely about writing and more specifically, me writing, I'm going to begin a novel completely from scratch. As I write it, I will keep a journal of sorts, which will detail the process I go through to come up with ideas and how I develop them to fit into the plot of a coherent and (hopefully) engaging story. I will also be sure to address difficulties I face while writing (troubles that inevitably plague us all) and propose my own methods for overcoming them. By doing this, I hope to discover things about myself I didn't know before and uncover new (and perhaps, useful) ways to combat the struggles a writer faces on a daily basis.
You might, however, be wondering what possessed me to begin a blog about writing in the first place. You see, I've been writing for as long as I can remember. Seriously, my memory goes about as far back as sixth grade, when my English teacher, Mrs. Anderson, unknowingly changed my life. It had been as simple as handing me "The Bad Beginning" and suggesting I read it in my free time. Yes, the title is ironic, but I'm not joking. This book, the first in The Series of Unfortunate Events, written by one of my all time favorite authors under the pen name of Lemony Snicket, utterly and irrevocably changed my life. Had it not been for the story of the Baudelaire siblings, their tribulations and triumphs and unconditional love, I would have never been inspired to create stories of my own. I'd like to think my journey didn't have a bad beginning, but I suppose I won't be able to decide that until I've reached it's end. And by end I mean the completion of something substantial. Something that, one day, everyone will recognize as a tale that changed their lives.
Before I begin this new project, I thought it might be worth mentioning that I'm currently at work on a different novel, as well. I've given it the title, "Chasing Evelynn," and it's a story about love and diversity, set in a future I've constructed from my own views on the world. Of course, the ideas I present in it are fictional and exaggerated, but I feel they're realistic enough to convey my intended message. The story itself is currently sitting at roughly 50,000 words, which as most know is "novel length" by many standards, but it's no where near completion. There is still so much story left to for me tell and a lot that I've yet to decide. That's another thing that I'll get into as I continue writing this blog, the decisions we, as writers, face in crafting our tales and in our everyday lives.
You will find a link to my story, Chasing Evelynn, in the side bar, in case you're interested in seeing what it's all about, but it will not be the focus of this blog. I want to be able to start fresh and experience the thrills of coming up with new ideas again and share my experiences with you. I hope you find inspiration somewhere within these words, because we all have a story to tell. It's just a matter of deciding where you want to begin.
That's all for now,
A fellow writer.