If you have a desire to write and a story to tell, then you ought to do so.
Two years ago, I decided to do something I never thought I would do. I sat down to write a novel. It would take me nine months to complete book one of this particular series.
- Genre: Speculative Fiction (Post-Apocalyptic, Fantasy, Science fiction)
- Book trim: 5.5″ x 8.5″
- Page count: 530
- Series title: The _____ Series, Book 1
- Release date: 2020
Nonfiction writing is my forte and it comes naturally to me; notwithstanding, the writing process from start to finish stems from ongoing research and preparation. As it relates to fiction writing, the thought of doing so never really crossed my mind. I did not find the written component of genre fiction to be particularly appealing.
What’s interesting, however, was watching my daughters spend their after-school hours (from elementary through high school) getting lost in the world of novels. I’d often look at them and wonder what was it about those books that would facilitate such an immersive experience.
Their cheerful attempts to explain the books’ plots and characters would only serve to exacerbate my confused state. So I stuck with the familiar landscape of nonfiction. Years later, a jolt of reality and nonreality would force me to make a shift—one that would stretch me beyond the limits of my creative endurance.
My foray into fiction began with a dream I had on September 22, 2015. The dream was so vivid and the sensations felt so real, that as soon as the dream ended, I pulled out my phone and recorded everything I remembered about the dream—it was as if the characters wanted their stories to be told.
Once I started writing, I could not put the “pen” down. The plot, premise, and characters came to me as if they were always a part of my reality.
I am currently working on Books 2 & 3 of the series and have not felt this alive about any writing projects I’d previously worked on. And to be honest, I am surprised by this indescribable cognitive excitement that accompanies the process of writing fiction.
What’s even more interesting is that my exposure to novels is limited to one book: The Alchemist. That’s it! The first and only novel I’ve read to date.
I’m not sure why this series chose me, but I am grateful to be the conduit through which it will flourish. I plan to release the first book of the series sometime in 2020.
If there is one takeaway from my experience of writing fiction, I would say it is the freedom of doing something you love and uncovering the tools you possess to achieve your greatest human potential. The newness of writing fiction ensures that I will continue to learn and grow as a writer and storyteller.
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