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What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer?

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What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

The very first novel I wrote was completed in November of 2011 during NaNoWriMo. I started writing at the very beginning of 2011 but couldn’t seem to finish anything that I started. Funny how that happens. Then 2011 came and I joined the challenge, 30 days later I had a 55k word novel. It was a young adult urban fantasy and the world I created inside of it was huge. Parts of real history was intertwined within the pages and it all linked up at the end. I spent two years editing it until I realized that it was something I would never publish. The old dusty copy still sits on my hard drive and I’m not sure it will ever be published. Occasionally I think about it and wonder if I could spend the time to rewrite and then publish, but the truth is, I don’t think I ever will. I won’t say never because stranger things have happened, but it won’t be anytime soon. It was my passion project and I think it will continue to stay as just that, and I’m okay with it.
While I loved the concept, it was my first baby. I learned many hard lessons working on that book, some that has helped me even today. There’s lots of telling, horrible grammar, and when I wrote it, I didn’t even write in chapters, so lots of editing. But it made me realize that I had what it takes to be a writer and author, that I had it in me to start and complete something. Once I made the decision to shelf it, I wrote Weak for Him and finished it in 2 months. Then I wrote Weak Without Him. Without that first book, I’m not sure that I would have ever had the confidence to continue forward with this career. Now, writing full-time is a goal that I’m working hard to achieve.

 

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Comments (7)

  1. Julie Flanders August 3, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I’m glad you decided to join in the group! It’s great to meet you. And it sounds like you are well on your way to your goal. 🙂

  2. Jo-Ann Carson August 3, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Lyra,
    Great to meet you. I can’t imagine finishing a book in a month. Congratulations! That’s dedication.
    I also wrote about how I chose not to publish my first baby too. I totally get it.
    But it sure did launch you into writing. And the world is a better place for that.
    Thanks for sharing your story,
    Best Wishes,
    Jo-Ann Carson

  3. cluculzwriter August 3, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    I bet you learned a whole lot from writing it. That is something no one can ever take away. Writing, no matter if the end product is salvageable or not doesn’t matter. You grow with each sentence, each paragraph, regardless. Good for you, Lyra.

  4. leandrajwallace August 3, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I think that’s awesome that writing full-time is your goal. I’d love to be able to do that too, some day. Nice to meet you!

  5. Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh) August 4, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Welcome to the IWSG!
    You learned a lot writing that story, including the fact you could finish one. You might never return to it, but it’s your beginning down this path. It’s not easy, but most days, it’s rather fun.

  6. Stephanie Faris, Children's Author August 6, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Nice to meet you! I had the dream to write full-time for 20 years and now I’m living that dream! Of course, most of my money comes from freelance writing, but it’s still better than working in an office.

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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