Not Much of a Writer, I Suppose

I have always enjoyed reading and I cannot recall when I got the idea in my head to actual try writing. My first stories were… being honest, they were rotten.

But I think I have gotten better over time.

My first romantic novel was Karleen Koen’s Through a Glass Darkly. I found it in a bookstore ages ago and was drawn to the cover, even though I am not much interested in history. It was a magnificent story and captured me from the first page. It took her something like four years to write the book and most of that was involved in historical research. As much as I liked the book, I don’t think I could do anything like that.

I loved the “Twilight Series” – like, who didn’t? – but I really don’t think I can add anything to the vampire genre. Ann Rice had a different take on them than the older interpretations and Meyers has brought in her own take on their “species”.

The Harry Potter stories were interesting but the story was basically just the struggle between Harry and Voldemort, two characters with very similar lives but led by different needs. I found most of the other characters in the books lacked much depth, with a few exceptions, and were there only to “push the story along”. But that’s just my own opinion. Though I loved the stories and the character of Harry, I thought the movies were better because the stories just seemed to drag. With the exception of the opening scene in Goblet of Fire with the old caretaker sneaking into the ruin of a house where Voldemort was holding his meeting with Pettigrew; that scene was extremely well written.

But I am not paid to be a book critic and my likes and tastes differ from anybody else. The things I notice about these things, others will have the opposite opinions. Enough said.

Anyway, I took the plunge and started writing a novel. My significant other (now ex-S.O.) wouldn’t read it – he read only things that had the word “sports” in it – and suggested I find a writers’ group.

I did just before he moved on to a new S.O., deciding I was insignificant, or something.

The changes actually helped my writing though it was a tough time to live through – funny, pain is always that way – and I found a group of people to help improve my craft.

These other writers, though, had been writing for years, mostly. I was struggling on my first book and some of them had already written ten or more!

Though none of their novels had been published, they certainly knew how to write and my meager attempts were critiqued. Suggestions made and I was learning how to put the words on the page so that the reader would see exactly what I was seeing.

The planning and thinking process was hard. I’m not that organized. Some of the mistakes were repeated in amended drafts and had to be pointed out again and again. I suppose you could say I am a little slow in that regard but writing properly takes a lot of work and commitment. Koen may have taken four years with her first novel but I was beginning to see that it might take longer for mine, even without historical research.

There are so many details to keep track of in the characters, the setting, and the things you need to keep the story “moving along” without sounding like you are simply dragging the characters toward their appointed destinations.

It has to sound real… like, whatever that is, huh?

That is a bit about me.

I am a writer and I hope I can bring something memorable, or at least something meaningful.


4 thoughts on “Not Much of a Writer, I Suppose

    • That’s to be expected. My first story was not childish because I was a child, though. It was childish because I did not know what I was doing!

      As we grow, so should our abilities. At least, that is the mantra I keep using [fingers crossed].

  1. You are a writer because you say so and live so, not because you’re published. I’m still writing my first novel and I’ve been writing for years! But I am the copy editor (paid even) for a published author because she trusts my judgment and that gives me confidence in my own ability as it evolves. So even if you haven’t published, or collected years under your belt, it is the craft, what you learn about yourself, and the joy you find in writing that will keep you going. Good Luck!

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