Although I have always loved to write, it wasn’t until recently that I was able to get more than a few pages down onto…well, I guess now it’s my computer. My friend (who got the idea from NaNoWriMo) suggested that we both write a 50,000-word story in one month. I wasn’t supposed to worry about the plot, characters, description, or anything else for that matter; I was just supposed to get the words down onto the page. So, I started out with my first scene and, as a huge surprise to myself, the story continued until it was something that I absolutely loved! It was a fantastic experience and introduced me to a whole new form of story-telling. But, before I was able to do much else with it, another friend wanted to try this writing style with us again the following month. Without any argument, we got back to it.
It’s this second story which has occupied most of my life for the past year and a half. I actually quit my job (I had been teaching English in South Korea for 7 years) and moved back home (just outside of Toronto) to work on it. And, what started out as a 50,000-word novel has grown into a 300,000-word monster!
Now, it’s time to get my story out there. And while I’m looking into the traditional routes, I’m also thinking about different ways in which my novel might reach the public.
I know that it’s going to be a difficult process, and most definitely an emotional one. But, it’s one that I’m looking forward to. I actually think it’s great that I’ve taken the step to become an author, and I look forward to see what I can achieve.