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.
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.