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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