Writing stories and taking on a fictional world isn't just a hobby to me. It's something that I want to be able to do for the rest of my life. Whether I make a significant living off of it is up to skill, chances taken, a good story, and a little bit of luck.
People know that I like to write. I like to read almost as much as I like to write. They seem to go hand in hand. As much as I like to write I, however, have never taken the time to blog about the writing process and I think it would be something interesting for those who aren't writers to know all of the steps that go into creating something that we are proud of in the end.
They say the best place to start is the beginning and, for me, that beginning is with the plot. Not the plot specifically but where it comes from.
I get new story ideas from a lot of places. Movies, TV shows, music, my own experiences, other books that I enjoy, overhearing a snippet of a conversation. All the normal places that one could suddenly get struck by an idea (it's like lightning but it hurts a lot less).
The problem I usually have is this: which one do I want to start. I have about seven different stories that I feel need to be told and I'm excited for each one. The problem is that I don't know which one I want to do first.
Shall I roll a die, after assigning a number? Go to google to use a random picker? Just go with the one that speaks to the most.
No. I go with one that is speaking the loudest. The one that wants to be told and doesn't mind elbowing the other ideas out of the way to get my attention. The one that just needs to be put out there so others can benefit from what they have to say. The one that wants others to know that they aren't alone in the situation they're going through.
Yes, I do have a lot of stories I can tell (and to allow myself to be a bit conceited, those that I could see become indie movies (but if you ask that's just really good visualization on my part. I'm big on that)). Some that I can see others enjoying but they lack what others can benefit from it but a good read.
I want people to walk away from my writings to get a better understanding of how others could be feeling or dealing with their own personal struggles. Be it as simple as someone being self-concious as themselves to someone who is a selective-mute and struggles with social interactions to something as grand as one person being the "chosen one" to protect a race/city/village etc. Anything that can be seen as a "small" problem to others is really a big deal to that one person going through it and I want to shed light on them. (Of course this is very limited when it comes to sci-fi/fantasy works; I'm sure your friend won't wake up one day learning that they're the only one who can take down their magic-sword wielding antagonist).
While I'm writing the follow-up to Two Pair, entitled Four of a Kind, I'm beginning the process of bringing together bits and pieces of a new story based around the two types of people in the world: introverts and extroverts. Right now I have one particularly loud plot screaming at me and nudging me for my attention (or that could just be Jackee wanting a belly-rub) and I know I'm going to find myself bouncing between the two works but it will be a challenge I can't wait to take on. That and finding an internship at a publishing company.
And school too, can't forget that.
If you ever want a good laugh, come see me. I find enjoyment out of a lot of simple things.