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!