Decades of Reflections

I’m excited.

Why? 

That’s a good question. 

Maybe it’s because I just turned twenty years old, or maybe it’s because I feel like God has some amazing stuff planned for this year.

I’m not actually sure.

Part of me has always hoped that at some point, I’d wake up on one of my birthdays and everything would magically fall into place.

I’d become kinder, wiser, more confident, successful, and life would start to make sense.

Well, that definitely didn’t happen this year on my birthday, but I am noticing some slow changes.

Methods & Madness

The one thing that hasn’t changed a bit over the past few years is my love for writing and creating stories.

What has changed is my methods and techniques.

I’m a far better writer now than I ever was before. And by that, I mean that my skills are finally starting to catch up to my passion for storytelling.

When I first started writing, I had plenty of ideas and enthusiasm. I also had a fairly strong image of what an author is/was, so I ran with that.

Once I started an Instagram account, I paid attention to what other writers were doing, and attempted to do the same things.

After that I started writing draft after draft, chasing every shiny new story idea until I finally got fed up with my lack of discipline and consistency. 

Seeing all the authors I followed on social media talk about the drafts they just finished, or the books they were about to publish, motivated me to complete the first draft of a novel.

Completing that first 77,000-word book helped me prove to myself that I am capable of writing and publishing books as an author.

To this day that particular novel remains unpublished, but I do plan to introduce it to the world someday as the novel that started it all.

My Author Journey

If I had to sum up my writing journey so far, I’d have to say it’s been a series of problems—and finding solutions for those problems.

The problems I’ve encountered so far have been as simple as “I don’t know what writing software I should be using” and “my laptop just caught on fire” or as complicated as “my stories never end up being as good on the page as they are in my head”.

Simple problems usually require simple solutions (like when my laptop caught fire and I immediately brought it to a repair shop), but some of the more complicated problems I’ve had have also been solved by simple solutions.

For instance, part of the reason I was so frustrated when my stories didn’t go the way I planned, was because I hadn’t made any room in my head for changes or alternative storylines.

I’ve had to learn not to get so attached to my ideas on how things should be that I end up sacrificing how great my story could be.

Letting go of characters, plot points, and fun lines of dialogue isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.

Inspired by Everything

I’ve found inspiration all over the world. From Europe, to Ohio, to the internet, to everything in between.

I’ve visited castles, fortresses, forests, ships, gardens, manors, and towers. 

At this point I’m not sure if my knowledge increased my skills, or if they both grew together. Either way, the things I’ve seen and learned have made me into the woman and author that I am today.

Twenty Years

In short, two decades of adventures, mistakes, and discoveries have led me to where I am now.

I believe in God—not coincidences—so I know I’m on the right path. And whatever the future holds, I won’t be traveling this path alone, because I’m a daughter first, and a writer second.

Before You Go…

Five years ago I never would have guessed that I’d become a writer—let alone a published author.

I’ve been published twice before the age of twenty, and both experiences have been a phenomenal success—all thanks to you!

So, to celebrate my 20th birthday and thank you for supporting me on my writing journey, I want to give you a gift.

For today only (February 15th 2024), you can get my first book, The Librarian’s Ruse, for free on Amazon!

Click here to get your copy!

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