So I'm writing a story. I mean a real story, like a novel.
Will anyone else ever read the story? Maybe. Will they like it, is it any good? I have no idea.
I had just always wanted to write a book. Most of my life, I have read fiction. Scifi and fantasy in particular, I get enough reality in my every day life. A little escape is good.
For more than a decade I wanted to write a fantasy novel. I had many ideas and NONE that hadn't already been done to death by real authors.
Then one day, someone made a comment I had heard a thousand times. "Criminals get caught because they're dumb". I got to thinking about other reasons they got caught. Most criminals are poor. Many of them brag about their exploits. Many are addicted to drugs and make stupid mistakes. I had thoughts about Samuel L. Jackson's character in "Good Fellas".
Don't ask me why but a thought hit me: What if they weren't dumb? What if they weren't dirt poor? What if they could keep their mouths shut and not brag? I didn't want to write about a criminal though.
Anyway, a story line quickly took shape in my head. I had a beginning, a middle, and an end which is further than I had ever thought through a fantasy novel idea. As I have written, the story has come together. I have discarded a lot of ideas and added many, the new ideas being the better I think.
They, whoever they are, say that you should write about what you know. I'm not. I'm writing about a couple things that interest me but I can't claim expertise in those things.
Anyway, it's been a fun ride so far, I'm about 50,000 words into it. I think it will be about 85,000 words total but I'm not setting any limits or goals. I really am trying to make it good, but I doubt I have the ability. Still, it's a fun exercise and something I encourage others to do. If you like to read, it's interesting to get to experience what your favorite authors go through.
So that's why I am not posting on message boards as frequently or updating this blog like I should. Not that you care, but that's why :).