And I don’t mean a cardio-intense marathon (my affair with cupcakes limits achieving that milestone). But words. Pure, written words in my “I want to be an Author” journey. And while achieving one milestone I think its fair to pause and look back at all the little achievements that led me here from when I 100% committed to this creative journey back in August of last year till now. It may have been a slow ride – full of lot’s of coffee and late nights – but the Mona Lisa wasn’t created in a day. Or, I mean, was it?? Rome definitely wasn’t.
So here we are. 20 whooping thousand words which translates into 37 odd pages, size 12 font, single spaced. Let me answer the questions I know you are thinking (since, I get asked these Qs almost every time someone finds out I’m writing a book.) Here goes:
In a book world, I have no idea how many pages that is… maybe 50ish? Who knows.
People always like to ask what the hardest part is. Short answer: it depends on the day. When I first started writing, the biggest challenge was writing in the right tone of voice – consistently. My book (and most fictional books you read) is written in 3rd person limited. Getting used to working with this mindset was harder than expected and a huge shift from my then current writing style which revolved around blogging where everything was “me” and “I” and first person. Currently, the challenge I deal with is details. All the details. I want to write and describe every little shape and color, when I need to let the reader’s imagination do more of that and find room for brevity. So it’s that balance that I strive for. I’m hoping to find a great editor…..
Yes, I have spoken with other authors who have published books (through agents, social-writers, and self-published). I still want to stick to the traditional publishing route but I haven’t been able to connect with the right publisher or agent just yet. That’s part of the process but my main focus is on writing right now.
I have no idea how I came up with the idea. I’m inspired by clouds and space and it all just kinda came to me over time. I also had no idea that it was classified as sci-fi fantasy. I kept calling it fictional until I started looking into getting in touch with publishers. Learning curves.
Here’s to the next 20k,