This is now my blog, and I'm doing this for a specific reason. I'm doing this because I want to be a writer. Not like everyone wants to be a writer, because really, who among you either a) is writing their own book, b) someday plans to write their own book, or c) knows someone who is writing a book. That's all of you, because that's all of everybody. But that isn't me. It isn't something I'm going to do someday or work on whenever I have time or the mood strikes me, I write because writing makes me feel like me. It's who I am, deep inside. I knew when I was six that I wanted to be a writer. I knew when my father read C. S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia out loud to my older sister and I that I wanted to be the person who found these stories and saved them for everyone else.
This blog isn't what I want to write, but it is what I need to write to get in the practice and to get my passion out to an audience. Because inasmuch as we read to know we're not alone, those who write are the ones screaming "You are not alone!" into the darkness and praying someone hears us. I need to be heard. And I want to help others be heard.
I have never been published. I haven't dared try before. Now I'm going to try, and I'm going to document the entire process so everyone who wants to can benefit from my trial and error. I'm beginning this after I've written the novel I'm going to submit for publication, but I'll talk about how I write and when and what I do when I have writer's block or I can't think of anything to put on the blank white page that's staring at me, where I get ideas and things that help me. I'll also keep track of everything I learn about the publishing industry in the process.
Here I am, screaming in the dark, praying that you hear me. Because the darkest lie we're ever told is that we are alone.