not sure what to put here.
I've wanted to be a writer for a long time, though i didn't know it always. Perhaps it's more accurate to say i've always wanted to tell stories and the written word is just the latest medium, and my favourite. As a kid i fantasised about creating worlds and characters and stories, and would loose myself in the possibilities, a state of perpetual 'ooh and this could happen'. That's all good and well, but as you get older this translates into procrastination and my oh my, that's something I have in buckets.
But yes, I found the Internet and the first thing I did was sigh up to a forum pertaining to a program called game maker (well actually it might have been Runescape, but that's not productive so i'll not mention that), and I got really involved in learning how to use it. This was the first way i wanted to make stories, but it didn't work. Too much fiddling in the details of battle systems and game code to really get to the story telling. don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it, and even revisit the old program from time to time (I made one pretty kickass 2 player game where you were the ghosts from packman and you and the goal was to defeat him).
From this forum, I found a link, which led me to a webcomic, and that's how i found Smackjeeves. It was back when the whole site was younger, with only 2000+ webcomics to it's name and a community which was a rather bit cooler. And webcomics seemed perfect for me, as drawing is really a form of creativity which came to me long before writing, and hey- this was a way to unite and strengthen both! I hung there for quite a while longer, reading comics, haunting the forums, getting to learn a little about how stories are made, at least in the webcomic context. I learned a lot there, but one 10 page badly drawn comic and another extensivly planned one which didn't fruit later, I drifted from the site.
It was here somewhere between reading webcomics and reading jonathan stroud that I began to seriously consider the written word. I began to try and seriously write, and floundered a bit. Novels are big, and a word is so small. Instead of writing, i spent a very long time story planning, just as i had with the webcomics, which I now see as kind of bad. Not entirely, because it's all going to come in handy eventually I think, but nontheless, I was doing it to avoid actually making the step. But I knew this even then and eventually I faced the fact; a writer writes. I managed a 2000 word chapter early 2010, then gave up. Then managed a 7000 word story in August 2011 before i kind of got distracted. I came to learn from the latter a better way of approaching writing; concentrate on the small term goals, take it one chapter or so at a time.
Then I did NaNoWriMo in 2011, and those progress bars being awesome for exactly that- short term goal setting. Plus i began to write in small chunks concentrated purely on scenes rather than chapters, the difference between 700 words and 3000- and all together more immediatly achievable. In this manner, I managed to win. But the story i tried to tell was perhaps not truly in synch with my voice. It's 2012 now, let's see if i can do it again. Let's see if I can do it better.
- I enjoy drawing and writing; creative stuff
- Favorite noveling music:
- Psychology student
- Favorite books or authors:
- Jonathan stroud, JK Rowling, Stephen King, Douglas Adams