Well guys, I never been happier to be behind my laptop. It’s been a few weeks since my last post hasn’t it?
I’ve officially joined the adult world and having been working these past few weeks, it’s been exhausting to say the least. I love my job, but working the extra days has really took me out of the picture, but I’m so grateful to come straight out of education and into a steady job. I’ve been coming home and just relaxing, too tired to write or do much else. But I feel that as I’m getting into the swing of things and getting myself used to the hours, I can start writing again.
The few weeks off has really been good for both me and this blog. I have a lot of exiting things planed and a better outlook.
But before I get onto that, one exciting date passed for this blog, its first year anniversary. Yes, Lost In The Story has been around for a whole year! How exciting is that? I never expected to grow a following and last this long on such a highly saturated platform. I’m truly thankful for all of you, my readers. I’ve learned so much about myself through this blog and continue to grow.
So more about these plans I have…
If you check out my about me page that’s lovingly been called ‘behind the blog‘ you’ll know that there’s been 3 main components that make up what I write. My faith in God, my recovery from anorexia and my passion for writing.
Over time I feel that these areas have been lost to a point. Whilst I talk about my recovery a fair bit, it hasn’t been wrote in my original intent. I’ve struggled talking about God as I’m in such a personal place with Him, dealing with some issues, it’s been hard to feel ok splashing it all over the internet. And writing, my poor, poor neglected writing brain. It’s safe to say that got shoved in the corner as college work built up.
It’s safe to say that I’ve drifted off the intended course, I’ve had a lot of fun doing it, but I’ve still drifted.
I can’t say it’s been a bad thing either, but a taste of the adult world has really been nice.
Regarding my recovery I can say I’m doing better. I need support still and have my moments, but I’m getting there. My relationship with God is getting there with the help of a new study Bible. So that just leaves writing.
This is where things get exciting.
I’m wring a book.
I’ve tried in the past to write a book however, it’s never really happened. I was working on a draft for over a year and I wrote about 30,000 words on it. But as a grew up I realized that the plot didn’t sit right with me so I put it to the side to be completed one day. Another reason I noticed that made it hard for me to complete was my lack of accountability. Sure, people knew I was writing something, it wasn’t uncommon to hear furious tapping of keys emitting from my laptop, but nobody really knew quite what I was doing.
In total honesty, I was scared of people reading my work. Writing a book opens you up to a certain level of vulnerability that I had never experienced before. So I had no one to keep me accountable, what did not help me keep on course.
But now, over a year since I last touched my last draft, I’m going to take up writing again.
So, I am going to write a book, more specifically I’m going to be writing a novella. For those who don’t know (I didn’t before I researched it) a novella is a book with a word count of 17,500 to 39,999 words. I have decided not to aim for a full novel (40,000 words +) as I outlined it to only have about 10 chapters. This word count is completely flexible, but I need something to start with that isn’t too daunting. But ultimately, once the first draft is complete I will be upping the plot to turn it into a full novel
One of my biggest stumbling blocks and sources of insecurity was a really silly mindset that all young writers have, I NEED TO PUBLISH A BOOK AS A TEENAGER. This mentality is stupid. There is no rule book to state that you must have a book drafted, edited and published before you’re 18. But, for whatever reason I had it in my head that I had to have this book finished by the time I was 18, I’m now 19 and there’s still no book.
Therefore, I will not be putting any time constraints on my writing, we could be in for a long ride my friends!
What I will be doing is sharing my writing journey with you all and using my blog as a form of accountability. The idea is that I’m going to write monthly posed that are based on my book. I’ll set goals for the upcoming month and asses the success of the previous months. Who knows, you guys might even gets sneak peaks, mood boards and character profiles.
So far my book has no title or and no flesh to it. The outline has been made but I don’t feel comfortable going too much into the plot just yet, you’re going to have to keep your eyes peeled for that.
Writing is a solitary act but I would love to connect with other young writers or professional writers for advice. The writing community seems great and I’d really like to get to know you all.
Another cool thing that is coming up is New Wine United. For long-standing followers of this blog you’ll remember New Wine from last year. I’m so excited for that week to come along and I have confidence that I will have an awful lot to blog about once I get home. So stay tuned for that as well.
So that’s all for today guys.
I’m so happy to be back and I really do have some big plans for this blog. Stay tuned, follow Lost In The Story if you haven’t already, and I’ll see you all very soon.
Have fun guys.