How I Started Writing
So, this is my first blog post. I suppose I should tell you about how I started writing. I had a character, the character Gabriel and the start of a book in my head since I was seventeen. Over the years, ideas would pop in and out of my head. Even to the point where I had an end to the story and a couple of plot points. However I had nowhere near enough for a short story let along a novel.
One fine summer’s day, a friend and I were sat in the beer garden of my local pub, slowly approaching drunkenness. My friend, name of Stafford, was telling me about a book he had started writing. (check out @ on twitter for his latest project, I’ve read a bit of an early draft and it’s damn good) We talked about his work for a while then I mentioned that I’d always fancied it but only had bits of a book. His advice was “Just start writing and see where it takes you.” So that’s what I did. The next day I dragged my laptop out to a shady corner of the garden and gave it a go. I got quit far before hitting my first brick wall. Took a break from writing for a few weeks while I thought about it and wrote some more, hit another brick wall, did the same thing. Then work got quite stressful and I couldn’t concentrate enough to write properly for a two years. The book was never out of my head completely though.
To be honest I never expected to get it finished, let alone published, even as an ebook. I wrote for fun and I wrote as an artistic outlet. I’d recommend anyone who gets the urge gives it a go. To be honest I don’t know if the book’s any good. I like it, and my proofreaders like it. I guess I’ll find out after it hits Amazon and I dare to look at the customer reviews.
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