I’ve always wanted to tell a story.
Ever since I was a child, I retold stories I’d read, stolen elements from pictures and images I’d seen to create my own version of stories. But there’s one I’ve been wanting to tell ever since I was seventeen. Writing it, though, is hard.
I’ve written and rewritten that story so many times now, and never finished even one draft. It never matched what I was trying to say and the things I saw in my mind. So I’d trash drafts early and often. I didn’t know how to craft the story, is what I’m trying to say.
So a few years ago, I figured I’d change that game. What do you do when you want to be good at something, master a craft? Yeah, you have to practice. And that’s what I changed. I thought: if I practiced writing, I could get really good at it. Good enough to finally tell my story.
But what to write in the mean time?
That’s easy. Fantasy, of course. It’s one of my favorite genres ever. I’ve read pages and pages of fantasy. I’ve read stuff I’ve really enjoyed and stuff I didn’t, although the core idea was intriguing enough to pick that book up.
And it’s pretty straight forward genre, right? Good versus evil? Very simplistic. Right?
Well, no. But that’s a whole post by itself there. The scope of the genre is as wide and deep as an ocean, and it’s varied and filled with life. So what to choose? Which story to tell?
So, I organized a structure for myself. Remember ISTJ‘s? We luuuurve structure. Mine went like this:
Then comes the scary stuff:
Get an awesome, affordable cover.
(Get a professional editor to go over the manuscript.)
Publish it. (Gulp!)
Repeat with the next book.
Until I can write the story I want to tell.
From where I stand: that’s a lot of work. But it’ll be worth it when it’s done, because I’ll be a bit closer to saying what I’ve got to say, writing that story I really want to write that’s too hard to do now.
So, beginning my production diary with: rough draft finished. On to Second Draft!