I want to write a book.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, my sister is an amazing writer. She has been writing her entire life and that is all she wants to do. I did not have the same drive that she did as a child. We would sit on the floor in front of our father’s TV and watch Apple Dumplin’ Gang. I would be enraptured by the movie, while she would be enraptured in a Nancy Drew novel. When the movie would end, she would be finished with the book and I would sit there, astonished by how quickly she could read.
She always knew she would be a writer. I thought I would be an actress. She would write and direct the movies and I would be in them. We had it all figured out.
Until I realized I wanted to be a writer.
I don’t mean to be a copy-cat—we established at a young age what each of us liked so we wouldn’t step on each other’s toes, and I do feel some remorse at the thought of joining her career goals, but things have changed. We are best friends now (honestly, I miss her so much this might just turn into me bragging about my sister and telling you how awesome she is because I am still counting down the days until I get to see her again…its 9. 9 days!). That is probably the biggest thing we regret. Adults, when we were younger and hated each other, looked down at us and said “You guys will be the best of friends when y’all are older.” We hated that. Of course, now we scowl at them knowing they were right.
To move on, I now want to write a book, and when I started writing this page, I hadn’t even begun, but now….I finished writing my first draft of my novel in November and wrote the majority of it while winning Nanowrimo.
So for these Writing segments, I am hoping just to keep myself accountable and those who wish to be updated, updated. There is no doubt in my mind that some day I will be a published author. That is not a brag on my ability—let’s be real, my writing is crap. I just hope and pray and work and know that this is what I want to do.
Right now I find myself in the bowels of the internet, looking through particular metals that make a sword and which are which and why they are used. I have to say, its actually very interesting.
I will continue to making Writing posts, even if they are only for myself, and they will be longer than this one, so please excuse the weird and longing introduction starring my sister, but I will be back soon with more to say on the matter.
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” -Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft