A is for Author
I have always wanted to be a writer and written stories. And I’ve blogged for nearly 15 years, since before it was called blogging in fact.
I remember as a child around the age of 11 going to the shop with my Dad while on holiday in Puerto Pollensa, Majorca to be a notebook so I could write a story I had an idea for. That was a Star Trek: The Next Generation fanfic but it was years before I’d even heard of the term. My next big story was around age 16 and that was a fanfic for ST:TNG too but I still hadn’t heard the term. I have a love for notebooks and pens and have hundreds of the things but find typing so much easier than writing by hand (due to my disability). I rarely use them but I still can’t resist the urge to buy them.
Writing weekly short story writing sessions one year at primary school – some of which I got high praise for and good marks for being a good writer. And others I didn’t because I had my own ideas and I’d take the prompt and squash it into the smallest ball and then write my own story that mentioned what the teacher had asked for in passing but mostly ignored it. I struggle with that in many ways now too. I have a novel idea and I love it and I’m working on it. But I keep getting hit by new ideas for different novels or fanfics or for things to add to the novel I’m working on now I’m a procrastinator that’s my problem.
I lie in bed and think through entire plots as I fall asleep. I wake up from a dream and hope I remember it because it would make an interesting plot point.. People tell me interesting anecdotes and I think “how would my character have dealt with that?” and I linger in the shower as I lose track of time wondering if scene A should be moved so it comes after scene B.
In short, I’m obssessed.
I dream of one day being a published author. One of the things I’ve been wondering about is at what point do I stop telling people “I’m a writer” and start telling people “I’m an author”. I’m not sure but whenever that is, It’s a long way away and novel writing is tough but I hope I’ll get there before too long.