Becoming a Writer, Day 1

I want to create a document of what becoming a writer looks like. I want it to be raw and honest. I want to show the process of what it takes go from unpublished to making a living writing. This is the beginning of that document.

I’m going to show each step of the way, as well as the steps I’ve already taken, and put it all out there for everyone to see.

Why do this?

For one thing, I want to connect with people. I want to connect with other writers, as well as anyone who wants to build a skill from the ground up. Maybe documenting my path will inspire someone else to follow their dreams. That would be pretty dope.

I also want to force myself to grow as a writer. A daily, public practice might provide some valuable lessons. We’ll see.

I also want to give something away for free. But it’s not something I’ve done so much as thought about. This is my attempt to put my money where my mouth is. (Poor choice of metaphors, but let’s roll with it.)

Okay, that’s the preamble out of the way.

Here’s what I’m working on:

I recently finished the second draft of my first novel. It was a huge relief to get it off my back, and I’m starting to trickle it out to alpha readers. I’m thinking of splitting it into two books. That way, I’ll have more room to make the story beats land, and give the characters room to grow. But for now, I’m getting distance from the project so I can come at it with fresh eyes in a few months.

Next up, I’ve resumed work on a novel I began back in September. I’m so excited about this one. I’m currently editing everything I’ve written so far to help get myself back into a sense of the story. I’m in love the idea for the world, and excited to see where it goes. More on worldbuilding later.

With book 2, I’m shooting to create something smaller-scale and more marketable than my first book. The focus is more human, more zoomed in. I hope giving myself length constraints will force me to write a tighter narrative. I also hope to get this first draft turned around in a much smaller time frame than my first book.

Anyways, that’s enough for day one. Thanks for reading, and I’ll be back tomorrow!

-Nate B.