I somewhat wish this post was dated 1-1-11, but a day late is okay. I didn’t even have an idea of doing a blog until yesterday. So I’m jumping on the blog band wagon and I will learn as I go. Please go to the “About” page to learn more of what this blog will be about and little more of what has inspired me to start sharing my thoughts.
The road of writing a book is long and winding and a lot of times you don’t know where you are headed. Then there are times when it’s smooth and you can see 5 chapters ahead of you. But the worst is the dreaded stop sign…writer’s block!
When I sat at the computer for the first time knowing that I was about to change my dream to a goal, I had no clue what I was doing. I knew the general plot line, but that’s it. I just started typing, then backspacing, then typing, then backspacing. There was a lot of walking away and coming back. Then, finally, the backspace key was getting less taps and I was rolling through another world that I was creating in my head. Characters formed. Plot lines developed and there were a lot of times I stayed in the fiction world for days at a time. I couldn’t believe I was actually writing a book. It sounded so large and out of reach. I didn’t care, and still don’t, that I’ve never been formally trained or taught how to write a book. I had only read parts of the book, “Writing Fiction for Dummies”. I had to Google the rules of punctuation that I couldn’t remember from grade school. I had to research if I wanted to write in first person or third person. But I’ve never beat myself up too much on not being “all-knowing” on how to go about writing. I’m actually glad that I’m not restrained by the rules of being formally taught. It gives me a little more free-will and, honestly, I haven’t stressed out. I’ve let the book lead me and not the other way around. Of course, there are times when I have fell into writer’s block and then before I know it, it’s been 2 months since I’ve pulled up the saved document on my computer. That’s when I think, “I should have pushed through the block. I should have forced myself to work on the book”, but I always had the feeling that forcing something means that it’s not real. I didn’t want to force my characters into something just to say “I wrote something today” or “I wrote 8 chapters today”. Time is a great writer, and now I am 2 years into the book and I’m finally getting to the end. Ending it is a little scary and I as I blog, I will share the reasons behind that.
On that note, I will end my first blog post. Thanks for reading and until next time….