The Writing Has Begun.

1 Feb

For all of you who read my post last Thursday on thinking of writing a book, thank you. Also, thank you for all the suggestions and advice that I received! That being said, I’m proud to announce that I began writing my book on Monday night. Many of you just suggested I start writing. Not focusing on much of anything other than getting the words out. Honestly, I thought this would be harder. I’ve always had trouble getting started on things, but the words just seemed to come as if they had been needing to get out for quite some time. It’s such a freeing feeling.

Anyway, on with the book. I’ve settled on writing a book focusing on how it is possible to overcome obstacles and still manage to love your life. I’m planning on it being inspirational nonfiction (written in first person), especially since I’ll be constantly reflecting on my own experiences when giving others advice on how to overcome big obstacles in life. I’ve used the majority of my “Sense of Belonging” post as a sort of prologue, and the title of the first Chapter is “You are not alone.” (No other hints though. Sorry!)

I’ve written 3 pages so far (including the prologue) and I can’t wait to see where this takes me. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from friends and family, some of which have said: “Finally! I’ve been wondering when you were going to go and do something like write a book.” I guess deep down I knew that writing would come back to me eventually, or more precisely, the desire to write. I also knew that it wasn’t something I wanted to force by any means. I knew that one day I’d finally want to share my story with others, and this is my chance.

What I have already come across though is the fact that I wish I could be my own editor. For instance, I have these few sentences at the end of one of my paragraphs that I absolutely LOVE. I think that’s a struggle for writers: Having the desire to write, while also being able to keep a certain distance from their writing. It’s always been hard for me. I’ve come to realize though that everything seems to work out in its own time, so I’ll just keep on writing. On the flip side of that though is the fact that I wish I had someone to edit my writing right after I wrote like (like page by page). I mean, I’ve written a little less than 3 pages at this point, and I feel like it’s pretty crappy. Yes, I know that this is my first draft and that first drafts are always shitty. There will be many, many, many rewrites. It’d just be nice to know what works and what doesn’t right off the bat you know?

I’d love to get some feedback/suggestions from all of you who are experienced with the writing process. After all, you can never have too many pointers when it comes to writing!

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13 Responses to “The Writing Has Begun.”

  1. Anita S February 1, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I certainly understand your wanting to be your own editor! I am very fond of what I write — it feels like an old friend, or even a child, and when someone else wants to change it I panic and become defensive. I am working on distancing myself from my writing, at least enough so that I can be receptive to critique.

  2. jilllurie February 1, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    I am so happy for you! This process- and the outcome – will be a wonderful gift to yourself and to others. Sending you much positive encouragement from Los Angeles! PS – since you asked, don’t think about the editor now, just write, write write with total FREEDOM. An editor did help me with my book, but just focus on the creative flow that wants to come out now 🙂

  3. indialeigh February 1, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    how very exciting. Congratulations at your beginning. We will all look back at this time with nostalga no doubt. I think you have to find YOUR way of writing. This will all come clear in time. Writing is a rythmn that unique to all of us. See how others do it, ask for guidance and then see which works for you. For me, I think it is best to just write and write and get it all onto the page/s. I have enough times when the flow is on hold and I use this time to edit. Get it all out until you are ‘done’ for that stint and you will then know the right time to have a tidy up. I do not find it easy to write utter drivel for reams only to divine one pearlised syntax but to be honest I will take it how ever it comes as long as it comes. I am always greteful for that. Good luck. Write on.

  4. ailialana February 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Congratulations Amelia. Just keep writing without judgement. Let your passion take you there.

  5. Laura February 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    My screenwriting professors always assigned us with writing the “shitty rough draft” just acknowledging it will suck but that hopefully we can polish it from there.
    I don’t have experience with non fiction writing but I have written a shitty rough draft of a novel that I distanced myself from when I was done (like stephen king told me to in his “on writing” book) and when I went back to read it a few months later I found parts confusing, parts funny… Almost like I was reading someone else’s work. So for me it works to just power thru it all and then put it down before rewriting.
    Good luck!!

  6. Auntie N. February 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    Honey, don’t edit as you go because you’ll never end up anywhere. Aside from glaring corrections made on the fly, just write, edit later. When you write, be a lover, when you edit, be a samurai. Good Luck.

  7. Gina Marie Cannistraro February 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    This is so exciting! How great to be able to go with you on your journey. I’ve felt for a long time that for me, writing a book or three is definitely in my future. But I’ve had a difficult time visualizing it, party because it’s so unknown to me. Sharing in your experiences is intriguing and fun! I’m rooting for you.

  8. Tahia February 2, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    Hello there, I’m taking a writing Round Robin class where they pair you up with a different partner every week that you email your 10 minute writing to. It really helps to have some one on the other end to just answer you so you aren’t just writing into a void. This class is online with one meet up in person to kick it off in San Francisco. I wonder if there are classes of this type in your area. You might enjoy it. Also, I wanted to tell you that Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is a great book and resource for writing. There is even a whole chapter on writing shitty first drafts.

    Thanks for commenting on my recent post on my blog. Glad to meet a like minded soul! Happy writing!

  9. puddinggirl February 2, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    Congratulations Amelia!!!… Write with all you passion, I know everything will turn out great! Can’t wait for the outcome… Way to Go girl! and best of Luck!

  10. byroisinhealy February 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Congrats, sounds like you are well on your way already! Best of luck and enjoy it! Keep in mind that even if you think it is crap, before you show it to anyone else, it has all the potential in the world!

  11. belasbrightideas February 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    At your age, I was very protective of my work. I couldn’t stand to be criticized, even constructively. What age and education and experience have taught me is that I ‘can’ be my own best critic – and – and this is a big one – not to take criticism personally. After all, our writing is such a deep offering – touches on such vulnerability. So writewritewrite your book! Then go back after a span of time and read it again. And again. You’ll find you’re a great editor, I’ll bet.

  12. tbelle93 February 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Awwe, I want to write a book really bad too! I just don’t know where to start, so reading all this has been a huge help! Best of luck on your book and I look forward to reading more of your blog posts 😀

  13. bluebee February 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Well done, Amelia – the only piece of advice is don’t edit until the very end – just write

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