From The First Word… | Writing Post | Today I Start Something New

For those of you that might not know, I don’t just read a lot of books and blog about them, I also like to write my own. I have a couple of self-published stories up on Smashwords and someday I would like to have a literary agent and a publisher and a book on the shelves of Waterstones.

This new blog series is going to follow my progress as I take the first steps in writing something completely new – always an exciting prospect for a writer! – and I hope that you guys will enjoy following along with me. My eventual aim is obviously to have the book represented by an agent, publisher, on the shelves, but I thought that some people might find the journey that I take to get there interesting.

I always enjoying reading successful authors’ stories of how they got their agent, so I figured I would start my own story right now, with the first word that I write for it. So, shall we begin?

The Idea

I tend to get a lot of story ideas flitting through my brain. Some, I jot down and file away for a later day when I feel more inspired to write them, while others, I love and forget to write down and then get immensely frustrated when I can’t remember what they were (such as a couple of days ago when that very thing happened to me).

So, when deciding that I wanted to start a new project, I had to seriously think about what that would be. Lately, I’ve been writing a lot of middle grade stories – did I want to branch out to YA? I mostly write fantasy stories, even ones based in our world have some kind of magical elements to them, so did I want to try something completely different?

The fun thing about being an unpublished writer is that I can write literally anything that I want to and no one’s going to try and stick me into my wheelhouse. I can try new things and see if they work – or not – without having to worry about writing something I know I’m good at by a deadline for publication.

So, what is the new idea that I’m going to be seeing through to the finish for this series? Well…

Heather’s totes amazing idea for a YA Sci-Fi with sprinklings of humour and dashes of adventure!

Such a great title right? I am the best at titles. In all seriousness though, I’ve had this idea for a fun space adventure story for a while and I feel like now is a good time to sit down and actually write it. Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner and while I will still be fixed on finishing the first draft of my current WattPad story, A Little Touch of Magic, I may also try to get a good start on this story.

The most basic points I have right now are as follows:

-a young woman lives in a room, unaware that she is actually travelling through space
-a daring young man, who happens to be a thief, breaks her out of her room to basically kidnap her but disguises it as showing her the world she didn’t know existed outside of her room
-…that’s it

As you can tell, I’m not that great at planning, so in the days leading up to Camp, I’m going to attempt to cobble together a plot outline and maybe do some chapter outlines to get me started. Obviously, I’ll be working on character sheets and such to flesh out my two main characters as well.

The Planning

My basic plan right now is to get my characters fleshed out, get the plot fleshed out, and world build enough that I have a basic idea of what everything is going in. I am not a planner by nature, I am a through and through pantser and that works well for me in the initial stages of writing, but when it comes to revising, I have a giant heaping mess to work with.

I’m going to try and avoid that this time around. We’ll see how it goes.

I’ll try not to post these updates too often – this is a book review blog primarily after all – but I’ll try and do at least one a week.

Let me know if you guys are interested in this kind of thing, would like to know more (or less!).

Happy Sunday guys!

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