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November 13th, 2008

Full Circle


Sometimes in life, things come full circle.

It's kind of a well kept secret, but I am a writer becuase of The Backstreet Boys. For serious. 


In 2003, I was bored, and I decided to look for some backstreet boys fanfiction. You know, the tales girls write in which they meet a celeb and he falls head over heels for her, and they dance off into the sunset. Synchronized dancing, of course. So i checked out fanfiction.com. Much to my chagrin, I couldn't find any BSB fanfiction. I read some fics anyways, and eventually ended up at the sistersite, fictionpress.

For a few weeks, I read stories. Dozens of them. Maybe hundreds. There were thousands of writers on that site who shared their work. And it made me want to do it. So I did. At 21 years old, without a single thought of it a few weeks prior, I decided to try and be a writer. I wrote a story called WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE? It was loosely inspired by my first real boyfriend. As soon as it was done, I started another. And another. I have since deleted my earliest works, but I have left a few up as a reminder of where I came from.

Recently, I started thinking of fictionpress again. I returned to the site and looked up one of my favorite stories. One of the more popular stories on the whole site. I was never a "big" author at fictionpress--not compared to some others--but I am proud to have started there.

I decided to see what one of my favorite FP authors was doing. If she was pursuing publication. Because there was not a doubt in my mind that she was talented enough to make it. Once we chatted--and I discovered she was indeed working towards publication--I offered to critique her novel. And tonight, I finally finished the critique, a little overdue, but complete.

It was an honor to read her work, after all these years, and to feel like I actually had something to offer. To realize how much I have grown as a writer since those early days.

This business is about evolving and growing and learning, and never accepting the status quo. Just as a ball player is always training, so are we. But it doesn't mean you should forget where you've come from becuase you're so focused on where you're going.

I hope I never forget to look back and reach my hand out. I hope I never forget what it felt to stand on the sidelines an wait my turn. I hope I never forget the talented people who are waiting for their big break.

So tonight, I am a little reflective of this journey.

Writer's Meme


I've been tagged by meredith_wood</lj> , so here goes:

1.How old were you when the craft of writing called you to perform?   21

2. What's your favorite writing outfit?  Whatever I wore to work (when I write on the train) or whatever I wore to bed (when I write in bed)

3What computer program do you use for your writing?  Word!

4. What's the name of your most difficult character to write?  Callie Mongomery. She has been many chracters-- The 18 year old snarky fashionista in draft 1, and the bumbling 15 year old science geek in Draft 10, and everything in between.

5.    When is your favorite time of day to write?  Late at night.

6.      6.  What's your favorite genre?  Romance! YA or adult, doesn't matter!

7.       7. What writers have inspired you the most in your career and why?  Kat Martin is the reason i wanted to become published (after reading THE BRIDE's NECKLACE), and as for others--the ones I've "met" online and have given me advice or encouragement in one form or another-- Lauren Barnholdt, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Lauren Myracle, Jeaneane Frost....... the list is ever growing, and I'm grateful for that! :-)

8.      8.  Do you think you're smarter than a fifth grader?  On some days. on others, not so much.

9.      9.  What's your favorite thing to do when you're stuck on a scene?  Write total crap. Like, "hi, how are you?" "Fine, thanks," says Callie, as she takes a bite of scrambled eggs.

Eventually it turns into something and teh book progresses, and I go back and cut all the crap.

10.  10.  If you could give one piece of advice to your fellow writers, what would it be? I truly believe that anyone who puts the time and effort into it will be published. It's just that for some, the time and effort is 100x more than it is for others--or at least it sure as hell seems like it. You just have to keep plugging away, waiting for the stars to align. The only way it won't happen is if you give up.
 

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