Monday, August 24, 2009

Share your experiences

Writing is unlike most other professions, in that those who enter it, often have very different experiences rising to the top.  Some get there faster than others.

I've shared some of my experiences and grievances as a new writer just starting out in previous blogs.  Take a look at them and share your experiences on my blog.


  1. I was always that person with a notebook and half a dozen pens, scribbling away in math class or even out on vacation. I was always working on something. My first novel -- a murderous cult horror story (involving the deaths of many people I knew at the time) -- was my longest project. I worked on the first draft for two years, the binder was full of scraps of paper and different colours of ink... I proudly refer to it as my first eyesore. And as I wrote new novels, new short stories and poems, the binder filled. And as life took over, the binder began to slip away.

    I remember finding it once, hidden in the mess of gym clothes and textbooks at the bottom of my best friends locker, but I lost it a second time, and that time I wasn't as lucky.

    Writing for me was my escape, the world I went into when life got too mean. Now where would I go? I didn't write for a number of years. Any project I started was something I did just to pass the time. Sooner or later I lost faith, and deleted the file (nolonger writing longhand at this point.)

    The characters always haunted me though, Morghann and Isadore, for example. Their's is a love story waiting to be told. But as I came into writing again, I came with new experiences and a new style.

    Last year I let myself indulge, writing short fiction throughout the summer (I even entered one contest which saw me published!) and when winter came I took the challenge for Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). Ever since I've been working on Keys (the outcome of said challenge) and reaffirmed the belief that I have 85 000 word stories I want the world to read.

    Now, whether they read them? That's a fate yet to be decided.


  2. Thanks Aisley

    I appreciate the post. I envy your devotion to writing fiction. I sometimes regret that I have to write for money, as I say it supports my habit of writing fiction.