I received this journal in the mail a few days ago. I ordered it from Amazon. It actually came faster than expected. It was handed to me by a delivery worker at my front door. Here it is.
It’s covered in a nice leather shell. I think it looks good. I bought it to jot down some ideas and thoughts I’ve been having lately about becoming a published writer. A topic that I’ll be discussing here in length.
Let me begin by saying that I have only read about a dozen or so books in my life. Not that many, if I’m being honest. I was never a voracious reader growing up. Most of those books were given to me by English teachers in middle school for assignments. So my desire to become an author doesn’t stem from a long history of bookworming, unfortunately. That being said, that’s okay. We all have to start somewhere. The key is to start.
In the past few months, I’ve been considering what the best way to tell a story is. If you had to recount the events of a particular experience in your life to someone, which way would you go about it? Word of mouth? A drawing? Perhaps a video? Although I don’t think there is one particular medium that is considered the best, I keep coming back to literature. There is just something truly amazing about a writer being able to make a person visualize something in their head by simply marking words on a page. An author doesn’t have to be skilled at drawing or be some sort of film director to create a scene or paint you a picture. Their words do the painting.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been wanting to tell stories. As a kid, I loved to doodle and create my own sketch comics. As a young adult, I would create the world and lore behind role playing games that my friends and I would play. We would then act out our characters, their roles and create our own narratives from there. Things like that remind me sometimes that I’ve always had a knack for writing fiction. For storytelling. I just never took it seriously.
Well, I’m taking it seriously now.
To become a good writer, I’ve realized that I need to become a better reader. So I’ve been reading more books lately. One of them is Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. It’s the first book in the Expanse series. If you don’t know what the Expanse is, you’re missing out. It is the best space-based science fiction show on television right now. Not just because of its realism, but also its overall story. I’ve just begun to read the first book, and I’m already hooked. (You can see my reading progress on Goodreads)
If I dedicate myself to this, I can see myself publishing my first written work in a year. I might start with a short story here and there, but eventually I’ll feel comfortable enough to move to bigger and better things, like starting a novel. I already have some ideas floating around in my head. Now, I just have to go ahead and jump into it.
Wish me luck!