I have always liked to write stories, ever since I could put together a sentence. My family likes to remind me of my first series of short stories (written in 2nd grade I think) about the family dog. They chronicled his adventures, going to the vet, falling in love, getting a flea dip, stuff like that.
I continued writing stories through elementary school, middle school and high school. I filled notebooks, note pads and journals with half finished short stories and attempts at novels.
I stopped writing in my early 20's. Things got busy. I didn't put pen to paper unless it was to take notes or fill out forms. I still read like it was going out of style, but I was done writing. When I tried to start again several years later, I couldn't bring any ideas to the party. I could barely compose a comprehensive sentence. It was like learning to walk again.
Now I'm in my 30's, a mother, working a job that may not be there next month, and ready to write. I understand now what I have to do. Practice, practice, practice.
Some things I hope to overcome:
- Paralyzing fear of rejection-Part of the reason this is a blog and not a real live real-world writing support group is so that I don't have to see the disdain on the reader's face as they peruse my pathetic scribblings. I only have to see it in the comments.
- Find my voice-Probably my greatest failing as a writer is how I think a writer should sound. My favorite author is Stephen King. Many a book snob may turn their noses up at him, but he knows how to set a scene and create a character that you care about before he kills them in some gruesome manner. He also spends several chapters just explaining a character's motivations without actually forwarding the plot. I do not have the time, money, talent or name brand to waste on such, and when I reread something I've written in the style of Stephen King it's just terrible. So, as this bullet point makes plainly clear, I need to learn to get more bang for my word count buck.
- Time Management-I have to make myself find time to write.
- Write for me, not an audience-If I can just pretend that no one will ever read what I write, I might be able to get past the first 3 points.
For anyone who followed me here from Completely Unoriginal Thoughts and prefer general light randomness, I'm keeping that site open as well. I might not post consistently for a few weeks, but I'm sure there is plenty of stuff in my head to keep both blogs going.