Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Joy of Writing Fiction

First of all, welcome to my author's blog! At this moment, I'm working on getting my YA novel published, and the journey has been a blast so far.

Writing has always been a part of me. Maybe it wasn't always my main passion, but it was always there.

I have written dozens of short stories, some partial manuscripts, and a full manuscript over the years, but nothing I tried really lit the writer's fire inside me. Then, a seed was planted in my mind for a unique superhero character with parkour skills.

When I first had the idea, I didn't know if anything would come of it, but I started brainstorming anyway. What did I have to lose? Hours ticked by as I lay in my hammock, fervently creating characters, connecting plot points, and trying to come up with some good twists. Then, I started writing my first chapter. And I wrote, and wrote, and wrote, until I finally typed those satisfying words: "The End."

It took me about a year to finish my first draft. In that time, I got addicted. Addicted to the joy and thrill of fiction writing.

Let me quickly give you a little background about me. I took up freelance writing about four years ago, and it has been my sole profession ever since. Every day, I write neighborhood guides, product descriptions, how-to articles and much more for some of the biggest retailers and sites on the Web. Having the chance to write for a living has been amazing and thoroughly enjoyable, but in the end, it has always been a job. After all, teaching readers how to make candy corn costumes has never been my passion. (Yes, I actually wrote about that.)

Then, the idea for my story crept into my brain, and I allowed myself to work on my manuscript a little bit every day after finishing my freelance work. That's when I realized the truth: I love writing fiction.

Whether you're a writer or a reader, I hope you can gain something from my insights and experiences as I continue down the path to becoming a published author. Any thoughts? Feel free to share them in the comments below!