5 Things That Happened When I Became an Author
On June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

For years I’ve been a person who would have substantial storyline ideas that I’d quick-write, save into DropBox, and forget about its existence because I spent my days working for someone else. It had yet to cross my mind to take these partially completed writing projects and finish them. At the time, I had no idea what they would become. A short story? A novella? Accepting myself as an author was nowhere near the forefront of my mind. Finally, earlier last year, my mother decided to ‘sit me down’ and tell me that she always knew a gift of mine was my writing. It went something like this:

“I’m just telling you-I’m just telling you, you could always write and you did it well, and everyone liked it.” -Mom

“Everyone? Who the heck is everyone?” –Me

She proceeded to name a slew of friends and family members who had been reading the online column I built-up long beforehand, and how they would all call her and tell her how much they liked my writing.

“How was I supposed to know if they told you and not me?” –Me

I might’ve stuck to building that column had I known…

So I decided to begin to develop my own independent blog site, and implement a schedule that would put one of those long forgotten DropBox quick-writes into action as my first pending novel. Little did I know that my dreams would take over, and my DropBox quick writes would have to wait, yet again, after I left working in the corporate world. Also, once I decided that ‘I’m going to be an author!’ I began to notice significant, immediate changes.

  1. The ideas woke me up at all hours.I started waking up around 2:30am every other day with a chunk to add to my novel project and would type 1,000+ words in my notes app to transfer it over into Word the next day. I’d fall back to sleep, and sometimes I would wake back up around 4:30am-5am and repeat the process. That’s when I found it possible to develop sore thumb muscles.
  2. World-building became my jam.I became submerged in building a new world, and easily began generating 2,000-7,000+ words per day to create said world while writing at least five days per week. And I found that creating names for characters, especially those living in a fantasy world, was a tricky task, but once the names clicked in to place my visual of the character became clearer.
  3. I became an emotional wreck.I developed characters I grew to love. In developing those characters the reality would hit me on what I would have to put that character through in order for them to grow, and I would cry for them. (Read: I’m not a crier.) One particular realization of understanding what I would have to put a character through made me so upset that I couldn’t write for three days. I’d see my laptop sitting on the counter from the corner of my eye, and I’d walk in the opposite direction.
  4. The rest of the world fell away.I was already a person with a low drama tolerance (when it comes to my personal and professional life), but as I dove into my first novel writing project with the intent to finish it, versus corporate life getting in the way to stall it, my tolerance for any blip of drama evaporated and my focus on my project magnified. My connection to my creativity has been so intense during the process that I can sit in any loud environment and easily keep my focus on my laptop screen with my typing never slowing down until it’s time to re-read for the sake of editing.
  5. I’m excited for what I am creating.I used to be terrified at the idea, the vulnerability, of sharing my creative work with the world. Now, I want to share it. I want people to find it, and I hope it helps someone in a positive way. I’m ready.

Originally, I thought the idea behind this first novel to be a one-and-done book, but as I explore the world I’ve created, I see the enormous possibilities for it. As a result, I’ve gathered stacks of notes for book two and book three, making this project a solid trilogy. And who knows? I may get halfway through writing book two and find more of the story to tell. This first novel project has taught me so much about writing and my own emotional capacity that I now feel that anything is truly possible. I am an author, and I am excited to share my creative ideas with the world.

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