You probably remember this bit of truth from my Mystery Blogger introduction: My AP English teacher from my junior year in high school made me HATE writing. And though I’ve journaled my whole life, I didn’t discover that I actually enjoy writing fiction until four years ago.
In her defense, she was a great teacher and her motivation behind making me rewrite and rewrite and rewrite my papers was to help me improve. The real problem was that my motivation to do anything school related was turning to vapor at that point. I’d taken on too many AP classes, plus I was in the marching band (I know I’m cool. Don’t be jealous.) and I had a part-time job. So really, I was just burnt out—something I still manage to do to myself on a regular basis.
Fast forward to September 2008 when I read a very popular sparkly book and its sequels—which I enjoyed—and within a week I had decided that if that could get published, I would have no problem writing something publishable. Bring on the fame and fortune.
Hey, stop laughing.
Seriously though, sometimes I wish I could go back to that delusional stage, at least for my first drafts. Just getting words on paper was so much easier then. I wrote the first draft of my first novel in about six months and found I loved doing it. Even crazier was when I realized I love revising and rewriting and how shiny it makes everything. Hmm... Could that be because of a certain high school English teacher? ;)
So after feasting on writing blogs and books for the last few years, I’m finally starting to feel like I might know what I’m doing. And maybe someday that will lead to an agent and that ever elusive dream of publication. In the meantime, I’m happy to be where I am, and I’m happy to be part of Operation Awesome so I can share everything I’ve learned with all of you. :)
What about you? Where are you in your writerly journey? How did you get to where you are?