When I was in 7th grade, I dreaded when my English teacher would give the class a creative writing assignment. We could have been told to create our own short story or write a play. Anything that involved me making up a story in my head, I shied away from it. I recall one particular time when our course unit was on poetry and for a class exercise, we had to write a short poem. Mine was called, “I Hate Poetry.” So how did someone like me who hated writing get the crazy idea to write a fantasy book?
Well, growing up, art was always my forte. Just give me a pencil, a paintbrush, charcoal, or pastels and I’ll go into my own little world. Creativity came easily to me when it involved visual art but with writing? Not so much, or so I thought. While I was attending college, the majority of my homework were essays. I really had no choice but to get used to the idea that I would have to do nothing but writing assignments for at least two to three years of my college life, especially since I was Communications major. Go figure. However, I began to enjoy writing essays because they were on subjects that I was interested in researching more about. My writing skills sharpened to the point where one of my professor’s took notice and asked me to do a research assignment for a semester that would be published in her textbook. After completing that assignment (which was 50 pages long I might add), my confidence in my writing ability continued to grow. I started writing articles and blog posts for various internships and I even wrote for my college’s online newspaper.
The initial idea to write a book came about when I was interning for a publishing company as a Social Media Intern. I got to experience the publishing process first hand, interact with first-time authors and I took great pride in seeing my articles posted on the company’s blog every week, but the big question was, what in the world was I going to write a book about? Because art was my first love, my mom suggested that I write a children’s book so I could incorporate writing with drawing. Well, it was more like she persistently insisted on a constant basis that I write a children’s book. My mom’s confidence in me was somewhat intense. So one day, I sat down at my computer, opened a new Word document and just started typing away, but instead of writing about 15 to 20 pages which is the typical length for a children’s book, the pages slowly turned into 25 pages, then 30 pages and it just kept increasing as more ideas flowed through my head. I realized that this manuscript shifted from a children’s book into a novel in a matter of days. I’m a month and a half into my writing journey and I am at 70 pages in counting with still a ways to go.
Four years ago, a book, let alone a novel wouldn’t have even been on my list of things I planned to accomplish in my life but it’s amazing to see how what I originally thought to be a silly, insurmountable idea has turned into a significant passion of mine. Being a writer often goes into the same stereotypical box with other creative fields as the “starving artist” cliché. Writing a book may seem bizarre and far-fetched to others, maybe even to yourself. But as author J.K. Rolling said, “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” If writing a book is all you can eat, sleep, think and dream about then what are you waiting for? Write the darn thing!