I’ve loved stories for as long as I can remember. When I was a small child, too young to write, I would tell myself stories in my head. At night when I lay down to sleep I would pick up whatever story I’d been composing the night before from where I left off and continue until I fell asleep. Sometimes I would start over at the beginning of a particular story or retell my favorite part. Even when I did learn to write I didn’t think of writing them down because writing was something you did for school and school was terrible.
That changed one day when I was eighteen and I heard a question that could only be answered by writing a novel. I started writing my first novel by the light of streetlights at 3AM in a notebook that was falling apart. There have been a lot of ups and downs since then. A lot of self-doubt about anything and everything. There were years when I didn’t write at all and felt like was going crazy.
A few years ago I decided it was time to fight for what I wanted. People who succeed are the people who get back up every time they are knocked down, no matter how many times they are knocked down.
There are so many things out there in life waiting to knock us down but I have decided:
- If I procrastinated too much today, tomorrow I will fight against procrastination and find ways to defeat it.
- If my writing is choppy, I will practice writing different kinds of sentences and approach my writing with a sense of play.
- If my plots are boring I will dig until I figure out why.
- If one person says no, I will ask someone else.
- I will keep trying until I succeed.
I started this website to document my journey and to share what I learn along the way. I hope that what I learn will be beneficial to others. I also hope that writing it in a way that tries to help others will help me too by forcing me to organize and acknowledge what I’ve learned and put it to use. I’m not an expert but I am someone who is always trying to improve. I like to learn and try new things. Even if I find a good way of doing something I’m probably always going to think there might be an even better way.
I am hungry. Hungry to accomplish things. Hungry to make a difference. Hungry for more great books in the world.
At the time you read this I am also probably physically hungry. Seriously, if you invite me over I’m gonna eat your food.