You wrote a book?
I always find it funny when people are shocked by this, but no, I didn’t write **A** book. I have 3 completed novels, 12 in first draft “stewing” before I start edits, and a total of 34 books in some state of completion with 3 discarded because they had major flaws. At what point does a book count as “written”?
For me, it’s when it’s released to the public. Until then, it’s just a story on a page that I can keep tweaking, playing with, and changing – so not “done”. For others, it’s when they finally get to write “The End” on the last page.
Don’t get me wrong. I remember how it felt to do that the first time. It was 2 years ago. There is a moment of shock and awe. Almost a panicked feeling. It’s when you realize that you have finished what you set out to do, and you’re not even done, yet. There’s pride. Oh, so much pride, because writing a book is impressive. Personally, I can’t say it’s hard, but I know a lot of people think it is.
See, as soon as I finished my first book, I opened up a new document and started the second in the series. The story would NOT let go of me. And so, here I am, with a hard drive filled with documents that will soon be novels. Right now they are just stories.
But I have 34 of them ready to inspire someone else. THIRTY-FOUR books, set in twenty-one unique worlds. Romance, science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, and more. When people try to do the polite thing, and say “Oh, you wrote a book? That is amazing!” I always feel a little bad. No, I wrote many books, and I’m not close to stopping.
My family are the worst. They act like it’s either some cute thing a puppy did (look at the piddle on the carpet!) or as if I’ve just performed a miracle (it will cure cancer! Just read it!). Neither is true.
You see, I’m an artist. I grew up painting and drawing. I moved into dance. I spent years working on music. Now, I’m writing. I love dance and literature the most, but I’m also not 16 – sorry ballet, you were great when my joints could take it. I create things. I’m kinda good at it, too. For me, writing books is just the next logical step in my evolution as a person, and I hope the ideas don’t ever stop.
Yes, I wrote a book… a few of them. It changed MY life.