Part 9: Determination

Dear Reader,

So this is kind of a weird chapter, but I’m just going to go with it.

Okay, so I was thinking about this earlier: How do you really know where you want to go until you start walking?

That’s really deep, so I’m going to think about it in terms of writing. When I first started writing, it was just for fun and I didn’t really think I would ever actually get anywhere with it. I wasn’t thinking that writing a book would be so long and time consuming either.

I literally thought to myself, “It took all of these famous authors years to write their novels, but me? I could so write a book in a month or two.”

I was so wrong. Once I actually started working, I realized just how long of a process this was, and I realized that I had to make a choice. I had to decide to just keep doing this for fun, to not really think anything of it. Or I could put everything I had into this, and I could really make this great. I could put years aside to make this novel something that people would actually want to read.

And in terms of my thought earlier, this was when I had to decide if I wanted to start walking. Until I chose to really try and write my novel, I didn’t really know if I wanted to be a writer. And if you don’t start walking, you can never know if you really want to do something.

It would be different that you ever imagined it, or you may find out that it was just something that wasn’t really for you.

But it doesn’t stop there. I was writing for a couple months before I really decided. I had started walking through the possibility of writing, but I hadn’t seen all of the different paths I could take. I found out that writing was pretty much the best thing ever, to me anyway.

I also figured out how time can feel longer when you are waiting for something to happen, or in my case, a book to get finished. I realized that when people wound out that you like to write, they tend to ask ENDLESS questions.

What’s your book about? What’s it called? How long have you been writing? How many pages is it? Is it a series? Are you going to publish it? Are you finished yet? How do you fit that in with homework and everything?

It drives me insane. I swear, the first couple months I started writing, I literally got asked if I was finished with the book yet fifty times. And I’m the person who can’t keep her mouth shut no matter how hard she tries, so there was no question in me keeping my writing a secret.

But that is something that I’m willing to live with because this is the path I want to go down.

Now, how is this applying to you, you may ask. Well, I think that someone should know what they are getting into before they do it, but with this, it’s pretty much impossible. Every person is going to have a different experience with their writing.

To you, the days may pass in a blink of an eye. They might be long and boring. The thought of coming up with words may make you want to give up. It may excite you. I don’t know because I am only one person.

But I’m telling you this now: If you are planning to write a whole novel, you can’t just dip your toes in. I mean, you can test the waters at first, to see if this is something you want to do. But if you decide that it is, you are going to have to dive in head first at some point, and when you do that, you’re going to find different ways to stay afloat.

Sorry, but I just wanted to share that since I think determination is something important when tackling any big project. I am not in any way trying to tell you how to write because that would be like telling someone that they is only one way to draw a picture. Everybody is different, and so is their writing, their thoughts, their stories, their inspirations, but I hope my experience will help you.

Good luck!

-Kelli.

Ps: Sorry, I thought I published this chapter yesterday, but when I logged on just now I realized it was just a draft. Oops.

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