Friday, March 14, 2014

The Beginning

I’ve dreamed of becoming a writer since I was a little girl. I’ve saved pages and pages of stories that I wrote throughout elementary, middle, and high school, and even a “hardcover” book that I wrote, illustrated, and bound (by wrapping sheets of paper around cardboard for the front and back cover). I don’t know exactly when this idea first came to me or why. If anything, it’s a goal that I’ve tried to push away many times because of how unrealistic it seems.  However, no matter how hard I try to forget about writing, I find myself thinking about plot lines while driving or noticing how a certain song would perfectly capture the mood of one of my scenes.  So, I’ve decided that I’m going to try—really try—to become a writer and see where it takes me.

Really, the whole idea of becoming a “writer” is silly because, technically, I’ve been a writer since I first wrote “The Dreams of Isabella” as a young child.  Anyone who tries writing a story or novel can call themselves a writer, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  But I want more than that. I want to become an author. A published author. And, boy, is that a scary thing to write in black and white for the whole world to read.

What I never dreamed about was writing a blog.  In fact, I’ve resisted creating a blog for a long time now…and by that, I mean a year or so.  It’s not because I have anything against blogs. Blogs are great for people who having something interesting to share with others.  Cooking recipes, inventive party planning tips, and more importantly, advice from sage, published authors are all great topics for a blog. The thing is, I don’t have any of that information.  I’m not at that point in my writing where I can start telling people about the do’s and don’ts of plot or dialogue.  I’m still working on all of that myself.  All I have is my own take on this experience of trying to write a novel while also doing about a hundred other things, among them teaching full-time and being a wife and mother. So, that’s what I plan for this blog to be about.  My thoughts and experiences with writing, any new information or hints I learn, and all of the steps I take on my way towards this dream.

 Maybe by taking time to write all of these “musings” out, it will help me to understand this whole process better. And if not, at least it gives me an excuse to not actually have to write today!  ;)  Either way, thanks for taking the ride with me!     
Some of the many 'books' I've written over the years.  If you look in the back, you'll see a few are handwritten.  :)

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