I’m participating in a book and reading oriented discussion challenge hosted by Nicole @ Fed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ Starts at Midnight.
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED WRITING A BOOK?
Topic of 1st March
Yes, I have. *blushes* I even got several notebooks of ideas, outlines, and all kinds of research for a story I thought up in high school. Those are kind of embarrassing now but yes, I’ve thought up a lot of stories since then. Nothing written down or published, but the ideas are there. Maybe one day when the lure of already written books isn’t as strong and I don’t need to focus on my studies. I have one story in particular that is constantly in the back of my mind. It would be one of those epic fantasy types, but limiting it to a trilogy or just one longer book wouldn’t hurt. Let’s stay humble.
World-building is so much fun that I get lost in it sometimes – I just imagine everything so vividly, almost like a movie. (Perhaps a script would be a better idea? No? Oh well…) It is kind of necessary to set limits and focus on one thing at the time whereas my thoughts jump all over the place when brainstorming about characters. Different countries, technology, historical setting, diversity of characters regarding genders, sexual orientation, culture etc. Then come the fantasy elements and it just gets out of hand. Perhaps it is several books that I’m writing at the same time? A large and diverse cast = limit on the world-building and history. Perhaps my ideas aren’t so bad, but I always want to write everything down perfectly and this saps my writing juices like nothing else; as if I never heard of revisions and second drafts. *rolls eyes* “Patience, young grasshopper” one could say. The trouble is I know all that and yet I still want everything to be perfect in the first go, to start and then build up from there without major changes to the story later on.
I have an unfinished LOTR fanfiction story, so maybe I can call myself a writer? A lot of early readers enjoyed it but I think I’ve gotten better at English and the story needs a huge overhaul to make it decent in any way now. It’s turned into one of those things you always feel guilty about. I do hope to finish it one day, so I’d have at least one project I can be proud of.
I’ve participated in a number of NaNoWriMos but somehow forcing myself to write during a school year isn’t a good idea. The blank page defeats me every time. I may write, but not 1667 words a day. I’m not ready to churn out good material by word count. Writers always say practice and have a routine. The trouble is I’m a night owl and the clicking on the board turns kind of loud once I get into it and speed-type. Writing by hand is almost out of question since my writing turns cramped and almost illegible the faster I write – let’s face it, thoughts are always faster than the hands. I’d love to have the luxury of writing through the night and sleeping in the morning, but my family would never understand that, early birds that they are.
Becoming an author is one of my secret wishes. I hope to fulfil it one day.