Tuesday, November 18, 2014
My Writing Endeavors
I've dreamed of writing a novel since I was a child. I've had a plethora of ideas in that time period in a variety of different genres. I've started to write so many books whose pages have been misplaced, files have been deleted, and ideas that have been axed. The hardest loss was a sci-fi novel that I was over 10,000 words into writing the book and I lost the flash drive I had it saved on. I had put so much work into what was lost that I never tried to restart it. Since then I make sure I have back up copies of everything I write.
In the past few years I've moved into writing short fiction. I've really enjoyed working with shorter pieces--I can focus on a smaller section of a larger story and have fun flushing out characters, story, or whatever I'm focusing on in that particular piece.
Anyone who takes a look at my library knows that I'm a huge fan of fantasy. My fascination started out with C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and Rowling as a young child, and was fed later in life by Robert Jordan, Marian Zimmer Bradley, Mary Stewart, Robert E. Howard, and many others. I have aspired to create my own memorable world in the same way that the greats have.
Nine years ago I had an idea and a sketch. The idea didn't have much substance but it was a launching point for a fantasy series. I've worked on things off and on, writing and erasing, typing and deleting. I've got a decent start on a lot of different books in a series, but I haven't been able to finish anything. Until now.
It's only a short story but it's something. It's the start of a larger world. And by this time next year I should have a novel finished. But for now I have some editing to do. I've sent it out to a few friends for critique before I start editing it. I never turn down an extra set of eyes, so if anyone wants to lend a hand, let me know. I appreciate any help.