Writing Corner: My Writing Journey So Far

Hi everyone! So I’m testing out a new feature here on the blog, I don’t know how often I’m going to do this one, it might just be whenever I have time (so during breaks from Uni basically) but we’ll see, if you guys like it, I could try to make it a more regular thing. Basically. I wanted to have a space to talk about writing as I am a writer as well as a reader, so I thought it would be nice to have a space to talk about that on the blog. I’m unsure as to exactly what form this feature will take as of yet, but I’m open to suggestions, so if there is anything writing related you want me to talk about, then please let me know. I’m definitely hoping to share some of my own writing at some point, but I would also love to get to showcase other writers from the community as well, so if you’d like to feature in a guest post talking about your writing, then let me know.

Today’s post is kind of an introductory post, as the title suggests I’m going to talk a little bit about me as a writer, what I write, how I got into writing, that sort of thing, so bear with me, it’s going to be quite a personal post today (a rarity for me!).

I’ve been writing, on and off, since I was about 7 or 8 years old. I have always been a reader, but my writing aspirations, I’m guessing like quite a few other people’s began with Harry Potter. I had read and loved a lot of books before Harry Potter, but it was that series that really showed me the magic (pardon the pun) of reading. I wanted to be able to create that sense of wonder and joy for someone that JK Rowling had given me. When I was a kid, I didn’t just say I wanted to be an author, I said I wanted to be JK Rowling. Now obviously my aspirations have lowered a little since then, I know that realistically, JK Rowling is a one in a million and I probably won’t be as successful as her, but the idea is still the same. I want to be able to inspire people in the same way that she inspired me.

When I was younger, I wrote a little bit of everything, it wasn’t just fiction, I did poetry, playscripts, various other things, mostly to give to my Nana for birthdays or Christmas. She always loved them, but looking back objectively, they weren’t all that good! Still I would take any opportunity I could to write anything and everything! I remember once having to do the story of a water cycle in science class in primary school, it remains one of my favourite things I ever got to do at school.

Then for a little bit, my writing kind of dropped off. This was when I was in the first few years of secondary school, I only really wrote when it was for assignments for English class and I don’t really remember doing much writing for fun. For various reasons, the first few years of secondary school weren’t great for me, I’m not going to get into them here, but I don’t remember writing as much at that time as I did when I was younger and I think my difficult school situation was probably part of that.

But then when I was 14, I changed schools. I made friends, great friends, some of whom are still amongst my best friends today. I did creative writing as an extra curricular and that was great in helping me rediscover my passion for writing, although a lot of what I wrote was a bit silly (I wrote a play about drug addicted aliens taking over the Earth), it was a lot of fun. And a few years later I discovered FanFiction. I know there are some people who look down on FanFiction, but for me, it was a great creative outlet. I could start with existing characters and then make them my own. I’ve kind of dropped off fanfic now, as I’ve got into writing my own stuff, but I’m still really proud of what I did on there. It got me used to writing regularly again and was a great gateway into writing stuff that is purely my own. I wrote fanfiction through my last few years of secondary school and throughout sixth form.

In sixth form, I started writing for my school newspaper and created this blog. This was when I first started thinking about journalism as a career, so aside from my fanfic, I wasn’t really doing creative writing so much as I was focusing my writing towards that future career goal. Personally, I think all of this was good though, anything that flexes your writing muscles, be it fiction, news, blogging, essays, it all adds to your experience and helps to make you a better writer. Creating this blog will always be one of the best things I’ve done as a writer, it gives me a constant creative outlet and allows me to combine my two passions, reading and writing.

Then we arrive at today, the Uni years, where for the first time since I was at school, I have been writing fiction again. The difference is that now, I am writing proper full length novels, not the fanfic or short stories or news that I was writing when I was still at school. It took me a while to find the right idea, one that I was really excited about, but last year, I wrote the first draft of my YA Fantasy novel This Is Not A Love Story. I don’t know if it will ever get published, and I know it’s going to be a long time before it’s even remotely ready to be seen by anyone in the industry, but even if it never sees the light of day, it will always be special to me as the first full length fantasy I’ve written, certainly the first one that’s any good. I’ve also just started my second YA fantasy, another standalone (well at least at the moment, I haven’t planned for any sequels yet), which is set in underground tunnels in Paris.

I’m still working through editing TINALS, which is a lot harder than writing the darn thing let me tell you. Seriously, if anyone has any tips for a young writer trying to edit for the first time then please let me know! I’m also hoping to do NaNoWriMo again this year to try and get Underground Magicians (working title) finished, so hit me up if you’re doing it and looking for a writing partner. The last year or so has been great for me, writing wise, since I have joined Creative Writing at Uni and have two friends who are also writers, it has really inspired me, and I’m hoping that it continues throughout my time at Uni. My ultimate goal is still to one day get my work published, whether that be the stories I am working on now, or something else I do in the future.

So that’s me and the story of my writing! Hopefully it’s one that will continue for a long time to come. How did you guys get into writing? Have you been dipping in and out through the years like I have? What are you working on now? Would anyone be interested in sharing their writing/agent/publication stories in this feature? Also what would you like to see in this feature in the future?  Let me know in the comments!

I’m heading back up to Uni on Sunday, so this will probably be the end of my splurge of blog content! I might do some tag/award post catch ups tomorrow, but we’re moving house and I’ve got a lot of packing still left to do, so I make no promises! But if you don’t hear from me over the weekend, I will, as I always am, be back on Tuesday with another Top Ten Tuesday post.

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