Y’know… I think it’s finally going to happen! Today I decided I’m going to actively start working on my book! It’s a statement I’ve made it before, multiple times in fact. Everytime I would say it, but I would never pull through. I have a good feeling about this time, though. The past few months I’ve really gotten back on track with my writing. By writing on my blog I’ve managed to actually restart those writing engines again, really get those fires burning and I think the time has come to finally turn that dream into a reality!
So why today of all days? It was a pretty unremarkable day, all things considered. Just studying, playing, reading, talking, eating and writing. Nothing out of the ordinary, really. So what pulled me over? It probably has to do with my study. I’ve mentioned a few times in passing I’m currently working on my Master’s thesis and with every passing day it’s getting closer to completion. I shortly talked about that progress with someone today and I think that was when the bug was planted without me being aware. My time of study is coming to an end in, at most, a few months and then, well, it’s time to get to work. And if I could pick any job I wanted, it would be an author. To write stories, to share them with the world, that has been my dream for quite some time. And to be able to do that, my passion, for a living, to actually have the time to focus on that… Well, that would be a dream come true. ^_^ I’m no complete unrealist (… Shut up! It’s a word now!), though. I know well enough that it won’t just fall in my lap. And maybe, in the end, I’ll never get to the destination, never live that dream. But I’ll be damned if I’m not going to work my gorram best to reach it anyway!
So what’s the plan? What am I going to write? When? How? Am I going to get a traditional publisher or will I go self-publish? How will I be promoting my work, get it out there? And how the heck am I going to do any of those things?! Yeah, there are a LOT of things to take into account that need to be done. For now only the first question is somewhat answered. It’s going to be a collection of short works. Mostly stories, probably, but possibly some poetry, though poetry is a lot harder to actually plan out. I’ll be collecting old stories and ideas that were never finished and I will be conjuring up new ones. The actual content is still mostly a mystery, even for me, but well, baby steps, right?
The reason I’ve decided to start with short works rather than, say, a novel-length story (of which I still have tons of ideas and unfinished ones lying around) is because they’ve always come easier to me. Ironically, I read in an interesting article some time ago that “they’re the most difficult form to write – for genius and exquisitely talented writers only.” I won’t be so arrogant as to go and proclaim I am such a genius and exquisitely talented writer, nor do I mean to disparage Luke in any way (I do love her article and have found it quite inspirational), but short stories hardly ever gave me trouble. Somehow, for me, they were the easiest to write. It probably has something to with the fact that, unlike longer stories, I’m actually able to finish short stories. ^_^
But I’m dwelling in one place again. Let’s wrap things up for today, shall we. First, as of now the priority still lies with finishing my Master’s thesis and my study. No doubt about that. During my, ehm, “study-less” time I will be writing for my blog like I’ve been doing for the past few months, working on Project Realm, the Ghosts of Writing Past and other little or big writings I want to share. But now, next to those two, I will also start making the preparations for bringing my dream another step closer to reality. It’ll mostly take place in the background, but if there are interesting developments I’ll of course be sharing them here. … It’s finally going to happen! I’m pretty excited! … Well, g’night! ^_^