I thought today I ought to mention the other project I’m currently working on: self-publishing!
I have loved writing all my life, my parents tell me that before I could even read I’d flip through a book and tell them a whole “story” in baby talk. Didn’t matter the book was often upside down, I was going for it anyway. Once I could write there was no stopping me.
Since then, its been a question of what’s actually making it onto the page. Overall, I have struggled, not writing things, but writing something complete. There are notebooks upon notebooks filled with bits and pieces of unfinished stories and a whole lot of self-insert fanfiction that will never see the light of day.
Over the last few years I’ve really started to try and get something done fully. This started with a novella in a high-school creative writing class. Looking back on it there are definitely some problems: the story-line operates out of that self-insert style, and the pacing is horrendous just to name a few. But I finished it!
University has helped and hindered me in different ways. There were a lot of points where writing didn’t happen because I was busy writing papers or getting reading done for class. I had a professor ask me if my writing could really be that important to me if I left it alone so log. Yes. Because even if I wasn’t writing my stories were still with me: characters and plots begging me to put them on paper. I just wasn’t disciplining myself the way I should have been.
I’ve been working on that. Creative writing classes have helped but I’ve also been working on the stuff that I want to write because its stuff I want to read. I fully admit, much of the first novel of my trilogy was written when I was TAing classes; listening to the class with one ear and frantically writing.
The next step is getting it out there, letting other people who might be interested in reading it get to. So, I’ve started using Kindle’s Direct Publishing. It’s a platform that let’s you self-publish your writing and get paid for it when people buy the e-book. In some countries it even lets you print paperbacks (but, of course, not in mine).
So, I thought I would let you know about the project. In working on getting my trilogy of novels up – the first one hopefully will be posted very soon – I’ve set up my first piece for people to enjoy! It’s an experimental drama using philosophy, poetry, and fiction to discuss bullying and being a by-standard. If that sounds at all interesting check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Walking-into-Sun-Deal-Cracks-ebook/dp/B07GD6H9G9/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1535367550&sr=1-1&keywords=Walking+into+the+Sun
It’s called Walking Into the Sun: How We Deal with the Cracks in Us All.
I’ll let you know every time I get something new posted: things are always at work in my head, it just might take some time!