Leetaur's Blog

Writing

Back in college I very much enjoyed writing, along with a few friends of mine.  My "master piece" at the time was a novel I was working on called "Blood Fire" (no relation to the "Blood Fire" in Terry Brooks' novel, the Elfstones of Shannara, which I hadn't read yet), an epic fantasy story in a world that I made up.  The story made it up to 140 pages.  I was using a 286 computer to write the story, with MS-DOS as the operating system, and Word Perfect 5.something as my word processor.  

I was in college when the World Wide Web came about, though back in those days there wasn't much on it yet.  I didn't have a web browser on my 286, which couldn't run Windows, though by the time I graduated I had a brand new Pentium machine, and had a 14.4K modem in it!  I certainly don't remember writing resources or pages on the web back then ('96), and even after I was running Windows 95, word processors seemed to be pretty limited.

Life happened - I got married, we had a daughter, and I graduated and started a professional career.  And now it is 20 years (and many children) later!  To make a long story short, though I would work on some stories now and then, I let my writing hobby languish.

My daughter, the one born while I was in college, loves to write.  And she challenged me to something I had never heard of before.  It is called NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month.  The idea is that you will write an entire novel, 50,000 words, in a month (specifically, November).  That is well over 1,000 words a day, and with a full-time job and lots of kids, I didn't know if I could do it, but I decided to give it a try.  You are supposed to come up with a completely new story, not work on something from before, and I followed the rules 😁.

Well, November turned into a very busy month, both at work and at home.  I am an iOS programmer, both professionally and personally, and a project I had going came very much to life and needed my attention.  I did get a new computer that I am using to program and write (see my previous post), and I did get a decent start on my new story, which right now is called Hybrid Shadows (the title may change).

Now, halfway through December, I am continuing to work on my story, with an unofficial goal of having the first draft done by March.  I am using a professional writing tool called Scrivener, and it is really helping me to organize my writing, which now that I am in the 10's of thousands of words is getting more complicated.  I am needing to track characters, places, the plot, etc, and having a tool like Scrivener has really helped out with that.

It has been decades since I have gotten this far into a story, and I have never tried to publish my work before. I am planning to this time.  If you are interested in the writing process, follow this page for the next couple of months, and I will blog the things that I discover along the way.  I am starting to follow some people on YouTube and blogs that are authors and editors, and I will link to those from time to time as well.

Also, if you have suggestions of people to follow, tools to use, or anytime else related to writing a story, please leave a comment.

-Martin