I was always one to enjoy writing activities back in grade school. Especially in my earlier elementary school years.
I’d glue a largely lined half sheet of paper on top of a much larger sized piece of construction paper and repeat those steps until there was 10-20 pages made. I began the process of making a book, which was pretty big deal! I would spill words that my young and innocent, yet vivid imagination provided me all over these pages with exciting tales to my heart’s content. After such masterpieces were written, I would then compliment these pages with crayon smeared illustrations that described (in the sloppy not so artistic way) what I imagined my story portrayed.
And the best part was that my teachers would “publish” these fine pieces of art! Now I know what you’re thinking and no, the ‘books’ that I crafted were not sent to a real publisher. But they were preserved in such a way that would make any 7 or 8 year old be proud of their work. After I would turn one of those hand made books in, my teacher would then laminate and bind it with one of those funky plastic spiral edges. And voila! My books were good as gold. I was very proud!
….Now fast forward 17-18 years later
I still have a love for writing stories. I have that natural urge to open up a new word document and just type out all the things my imagination so longs to scream out. But here I am, mind racing, new blank page opened …..and no idea where to start!
I have literally spent hours on Google to find tools and methods to help my story begin. I’m taking baby steps at first. I figured a short story would do just fine. But even with the mindset of it not being a novel sized story, my mind is still constipated! On the plus side, I eventually found tools that have helped me (some, not so much) kick start this sucker once and for all. I’m excited to see where my imagination that was once so bold, is willing to go.
I must be honest though, I am an “amateur.” I have seen others comment on how to get started, and the majority say a flow will eventually come to me in due time. Writing is something I’ve always had a love for, something I enjoy doing. Which is mainly why I have decided to challenge myself to utilizing this once very vacant blog.
I do intend to create a separate page for my stories (after creating and rigorously reviewing them of course!) I am totally up for feedback, tips, tricks, food for thought, etc,. Please feel free to comment and let me know. I am eternally grateful!