I am excited to share that I have reached a personal goal of mine today! That goal was to reach 20,000 words written for my first and yet untitled fantasy/sci-fi novel! At 20,000 words, it finally feels real and makes it feel like I will actually be able to finish this journey. Writing has been teaching me a lot about myself. For example:
- I am not nearly as disciplined as I want to be. Being a writer means setting aside time to write. I know it sounds really simple but for me it isn’t. Ideally, I should be scheduling time to write everyday. I hope I get better at this.
- The more I write, the more ideas for future projects pop into my head. Researching things for my novel is important to me. If I use a location or historical occurance, I want to be accurate. When I take concepts or incorporate parts from mythology, I want to present them in a new way while staying true to their essence. I can get lost in the research if I’m not careful, which takes away from my writing time.
- I have SO MUCH to learn. Writing is an art, and it takes effort and intention. I am very grateful that there are many resources available at my fingertips (Thank you, Pinterest and Lord Google), that I can dive into to learn more about the process, the nitty gritty stuff, and that give me inspiration when I am plagued by writer’s block.
I think one of my favorite quotes really rings true for me on my journey to becoming an author.
“If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”- Sir Isaac Newton