Writing is one of my favorite activities. I have to admit that I was drawn to writing years before I started doing it with any inkling that I should approach as something more than a hobby. I devoured fiction since my Mom first read me Harry Potter, but once I hit my high school years I was not content reading other people’s stories. I began playing with narratives in my head and started my first novel that I never did finish. Looking back, I am damn happy that I never let anyone read that monster. I can’t look at two sentences without cringing when I glance at it now. My biggest regret in regards to my writing is that I allowed others to get me to stop.
The girl that I was dating at the time wanted to be a journalist. When I began writing the book, she got mad because she felt like I was trying to take what she wanted to do with life. In an effort to make her happy, I stopped. I didn’t just stop writing the novel, I stepped completely away from writing. It was not until we were through that I decided to give writing another chance.
When I started writing the second time around, I had no idea what I was doing. It was just as bad as the first time, but this time I knew it. I researched writing advice on the internet, read books, and ended up changing my major from Art to English. Writing created a fire inside me that I have never experienced with any other activity. I decided that I was not going to let anyone deter me this time around.
I told everyone what I was working on. I feel that when you first tell your friends and family that you want to be a writer, everyone thinks its their job to dissuade you. I politely accepted peoples’ concerns and kept at it. In a few months I had the rough draft for an 80000 word manuscript completed, but I had learned that a rough draft is not a novel. I also learned to never stop writing.
I have spent as much time, if not more, revising the manuscript as I did on writing the rough draft. Throughout the year I have written about half dozen short stories and am now about 15000 words into my second (or possibly third, though I never finished my first) novel. This year has taught me a thousand different lessons whether it is in regards to writing or life. (I welcomed my first child into the world this summer.)
I do not want to go into 2016 as aimless as I wandered into 2015. My goals for 2016 are:
· Revise Fractured, the 1st book of the Solaris Cycle, to a level that it can earn an agent
· Publish one short story with a professional level market
· Complete the Rough Draft for Aurum (Working Title)
· Complete the Rough Draft of the 2nd Book of the Solaris Cycle
· Graduate with my Bachelor’s in English: Writing
Some of these goals are going to be harder than others, and I will honestly be surprised if I accomplish them all. I am curious as to how many times that I will get rejected before I break in, but I am excited and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me.