I am currently working on a fantasy novel. I have made many attempts to do this, but it was only this past fall that I decided to bear down and just do it. The credit for that really goes to my mother who assigned it as a school project (I'm homeschooled) She told me that the rough draft was due at the end of the school year. That scared me a little (okay, a lot) and I did not think I would be able to do that. I was wrong. I am only fifty to seventy pages away from finishing my first novel. *happy dance*
The journey of writing has been pretty rocky for me. I started off slowly, only getting three chapters written in a month. To make it worse, they were boring! Then, to make it even more difficult, we moved across the country. So there I was, in a box filled house staring at my laptop, and actually considering giving up. I wasn't at all motivated and I was convinced I was an atrocious writer. There was a day, however, where I was particularly lonely, and very bored. I got up , took out a piece of notebook paper, an ink pen, and promised myself I would fix my story. You know what happened? I did.
I spent the next week editing and "polishing up" my prologue, and my first three chapters. I also got on Pinterest and looked up all the writing tips and quotes I could find. That helped a ton. I found myself getting all sorts of ideas and inspirations. My plot changed on me. My villains changed on me. I ended up putting together a binder and just filling it with all the ideas I had so I would remember.
Okay, let me interrupt my story for just a minute. This piece of information probably belongs in my Writing Tips section but I'll just say it here as well. Notebooks or binders (I use both) are key. Oh, and sticky notes! You never want to lose your ideas, because many times those end up being key in whatever project you are working on. Whether it be a novel, poetry, song lyrics, you never want to lose your moment of inspiration. I keep a pack of sticky notes in my purse and by my bedside. This way when I'm lying there and thinking out my plot, I can hope up and scribble out whatever comes to mind. All right, back to my story.
After I had everything polished up, and many ideas floating around in my head, I started to write every single day. I had my little sister, Brenna, read whatever I wrote. Then my other younger sister, Nicole, started reading my work too. My cousin also joined the party. Then two of my close friends. My grandma even got in the act! Their responses, their honest opinions, and their constructive criticism pushed me to keep going. It was very encouraging, having people ask you when they can read the next chapter. Brenna would often give me a dirty look if I wasn't typing away.
All that encouragement, and all that love has pushed me to do my best. God has blessed me with an amazing, though sometimes crazy, family and wonderful friends. I have made it to the level where I can write two chapters a week, and I've got a steady flow going.
So this is the start of my little story. I can't wait to find out what happens next!
Until next time!