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How I Started Writing

I haven’t been writing quite as long as I’ve been drawing, of course, but it makes little difference.  It seems to me that writing naturally improves with age more so than drawing does, and I certainly have improved a lot.  When I look back at the things I wrote many years ago, they are just silly.  I wrote several stories, some through to the end, some unfinished, but they mainly all consisted of people traveling across wide areas.  That’s all I could think of for fantasy stories.  They always had to do something that was really far away.  One story was three little “books” worth of this.  And to add to my already lacking skills, I just didn’t know how to make them very long, and I didn’t like the characters, either.

            I did try to send one in to publishers, though.  Somehow I must have liked it at the time, for whatever reason.  Obviously, no luck.  And my hopes of becoming a novelist soon faded away.  I didn’t care anymore.  I couldn’t write well enough anyway.

            And then, just for fun, I wrote a story I actually liked.  That I still like.  I mentioned it in an earlier blog, the one I started redoing.  That one had a sequel that wasn’t too bad, either, (and then I started another one that was not very good and not really related to the first two at all, which I didn’t finish).  It was funny, back then I enjoyed killing off almost every character.  I even killed one character, then brought her back, then killed her again.

            Anyway, since the first two stories, the first especially, weren’t too bad, I decided to redo the first one.  As I said, I started getting lazy.  I skipped parts that I didn’t feel like doing, then, just stopped altogether.

            And then it was that dream that gave me the idea for my current one, which is now about 58,000 words and almost done.  First, I read Stephen King’s “On Writing”, and then got started shortly afterward.  I don’t know what happened, but I am much more determined to finish my stories now.  Especially now that I know I can write something novel-length.  It may not be really long, but it’s a novel, and I’m satisfied.

            I’m also working occasionally on poems, but the novel is my main goal.  After that, I will likely take a break from novel writing for a little bit and work on more poems and short stories.  I have a small list of ideas.  We’ll see.

            By the way, I finally put my avatar up.  And I’m starting to draw up some of my comic book characters.  Perhaps I’ll show you some time.  Wouldn’t that be grand?

 An Indeed Duck

A Little Bit About My Writing

            So you must be thinking, isn’t she going to say what her stuff is about?  Huh?  Well, yes and no.  Which equals kinda.  I would like to tell you all about it, but since I’m afraid of someone stealing my ideas, I’ll only tell you a little bit for now.  The Internet can be a scary place, no?

            First of all, when it comes to my writing in general, I like dark things, fantasy, sci-fi.  When it comes to fantasy, I don’t write about elves and dwarves and those types of things, though.  More vampires, witches, ghosts.  With sci-fi, more machines and “oh, my gosh, the world will be destroyed if something’s not done!” type of thing.  I don’t do alien stuff yet, but perhaps someday when I can actually think of cool designs for such things.  Also, I like to make characters very different from what you’d expect.  No stereotypical vampires, witches, or even villains.  And I like to keep in mind that villains don’t think they’re doing anything bad.

            I’ve written two poems I may try to publish, one written several years ago, after I read all of Edgar Allen Poe’s work.  I revised it recently, and I hope to start sending it in soon.  I can’t describe it without giving away too much.  Just Poe-inspired.  My other poem is based on a picture I did.  It’s very simple, based on the innocence of a child who thinks she can achieve something impossible….

            I wrote a darker novel a few years ago, and I felt quite proud of it.  I wrote the entire thing, actually, but it’s not publish-worthy material.  So, I decided to seriously redo it.  Rethink what will happen and why.  I’m no longer satisfied with, “Oh, they’re the chosen one, so that’s why they must save the world.”  There has to be a better reason that that.  Sometimes it works, but it may not for an unpublished author like myself.  I started rewriting it, then, got lazy with it.  I’ll get back to it someday.

            But before I did continue with it, I had this bizarre dream.  It was random bits of this adventure, a creature fighting a very evil man.  (And another character came from another later dream, too.)

And I figured out how this vague dream idea could turn into a story.  That is the novel I have almost finished, a girl and her two companions, fighting an enemy who seems unstoppable, who has lied in wait for hundreds of years because of the simple mistake of not killing him when they (not the main characters) had the chance.  Each of the three heroes has a personal reason for defeating this menace, who believes it was really the king he overthrew that was causing the trouble.  I fear I have not planned it out as well as I should have before I began, but I’ve gone too far to give up now (Over 50,000 words so far, woo, it’s a novel now!).  I’m going to finish and rewrite what wasn’t done well, and perhaps it may not be a bad story.

Well, that’s all for now.  I’ll tell you about my comic next time.  It’s even more complicated to explain.  And someday, when my story is fixed up, maybe I’ll type up part of it for you all.  I hope you’ll enjoy it.

 The Indeed Duck