I have it in me please help me get it out Jah 22 months ago
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I made no progress on my writing in 2011. I let the negative thoughts and nay sayers get the best of me. 2012 is a new year though so I will give it another go. I am writing a little each day thus far so we will see. 23 months ago
hmmmmmmmmm should i write about a witch or a mermaid in my book? its fantasy 3 years ago
i like to write, but i have a short attention span. also, even if i did finish one, how would i get it published? 3 years ago
I’ve completed one novel, but it needed too much editing/rewriting to become publishable, so I haven’t touched it since it’s completion. 3 years ago
When in middle school and high school, I carried a writing notebook everywhere I went. I constantly scribbled fantasy-setting stories; my friends told me they were good. I read even more than I wrote, immersing myself in the worlds of Robert Jordan, George R. R. Martin, Jennifer Roberson, and J. R. R. Tolkien.
Then came college. As an English major, I was continually being exposed to new writers and new genres. I wrote so many essays that I ceased writing for fun. I hardly read for fun either. Even if I had had the time, I would have been embarrassed to read something my professors would not have considered literature.
Six months after graduation, working as a development writer for a non-profit hospital, I picked up Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series again for the first time since 8th grade. I felt like I had been reunited with a long-lost part of myself. It was then that I determined that I should write again, and that I should write what I wanted. A story does not have to be set in Renaissance Milan or a turn-of-the-century elite New York household to convey a worthwhile message. If I loved writing fantasy, then I should write fantasy!
I found a coworker who also writes (her passion is screenplays), and she proposed we create a writing club that would meet once a month. There we would read our work, encourage and critique one another, and keep each other accountable. We have been meeting since February, in which time I have written a stub of a short story and have begun a novel.
I took my time detailing the novel’s plot and characters (something I never used to do, and then inevitably found myself running out of steam halfway through the project), and I’m now writing the first draft. At last count, I’m at 17,000 words. I imagine the finished draft will be somewhere around 100,000 to 120,000 words, but we’ll see! A professor once told me that she considered word counts to be merely guidelines: “Argue until your argument is complete, and you will find that the essay’s length is right.” I’ll hope that the same is true for writing a novel, at least while hammering out the first draft. 4 years ago
I would love to actually write and publish a fiction novel (fantasy genre). However, while my writing skills are great, I have yet to come up with an original idea.
I made my first step today. I am going to meet with one of my favorite authors to get her take on how to start writing a fiction novel. 4 years ago