Hello and welcome to my blog!
This is the first post to my entirely new blog.
I hope to document my progression as a writer, tracking my introduction to different writing styles and genres all the way through to contacting agents and publishers.
Upon writing this post, i have self-published one short story to the amazon market place and currently have a fictional travel memoir in editing. I’ll be tracking what is sure to be a turbulent time as i query ‘Sounds of a subcontinent’ whilst also writing my current work in progress – a historical fiction novel based in 17th century London during the great plague.
First short story.
My first short story ‘The most anticipated interview in history, perhaps.’ i have to admit, is rough around the edges.
It was written in complete incompetence – i have never received literature training of any kind. I wrote my first short story, with all honesty, through the boredom of unemployment.
I had just left my final job in Australia with one month remaining on my visa. I had my room lease in Sydney remaining with no chances of ever finding a job with one months commitment.
So i painted, when my wrists were sore i read, when my mind was exhausted i painted, and so i passed my time.
One day, after having breakfast with my partner before she set of to work. I crawled back into bed, lifted my laptop, peeked at it through the bed sheets, and didn’t know exactly what i was waiting for.
After some time of silence (other than the never-ending flight arrivals which shook the house) i began to write.
I wrote of a future on planet earth, a future in which all species were able to communicate. I wrote of human beings wanting to make first contact with mosquitos and ask ‘why are they so annoying’???
I fell in love with the process readers of this blog will recognise – i saw the word count growing as the story transferred from my mind to the screen. Even now upon writing this blog i am smiling from the feeling of achievement it gave me.
Throughout the day, i wrote a short story of just over 2’000 words.
When my partner returned from her laborious day in the office, i must have been like an excited puppy greeting her at the door.
‘I made something, i made something’ I told her.
‘Another picture? Hopefully some food?’ She asked.
‘No, i wrote. I wrote a story.’ I told her. With her also being a lover of literature i caught her interest.
We read through the story together, laughing and enjoying the light-hearted tale – changing a few things here and there in the raw, unedited file.
That first short story, as raw and quite unbelievable as it was, led me to attempting full-length novels today.
So that’s how unemployment led to me falling in love with writing. I considered it serendipity, however financially crippling, i haven’t stopped thinking about what i could write ever since. It’s like my mind is constantly yearning for another story or lyrical line for a current work. In that month i gained more with my passion for writing than a final pay check ever could have given me.
This post is very much a hello from me and a get in touch in the comments to you. I hope to interact with fellow writers, as i attempt to grow both my writing knowledge and abilities.
In the future posts i will talk of how i have approached the challenge of changing point-of-view from 3rd person past-tense to 1st person present-tense in my latest work.
I also plan to host a weekly poetry competition on my blog. In which i will post one of my own poems before seeking works in the comments. I will allow the posts to run for 48 hours (to allow for time zones) before i read through the poems and select my favourite. The winners poem will receive it’s own post on this site with the author honoured including their personal twitter/instagram/facebook/wattpad profile as they wish.
Looking forward to hearing from you all,