37 Weeks Ago
It was only 37 weeks ago to this day, Friday, June 23, 2017, that I started my first book Shapeshifters. Never did I believe I would finish.
After 37 weeks of hard work, I finished writing my epilogue. I cannot wrap my mind around everything that has happened since I started. Conversations with friends, parents, and myself.
Am I weird to think I had conversations with myself for my book? But, hey, it worked for me, it helped me figure out some things I couldn’t figure out, it helped me finalize (ha ha) my plans for the book. I know that ha ha I added didn’t make sense to you, but it will. When you read my book.
And yes, even conversations with my parents and friends helped me with this book. It may seem like I’m writing an acknowledgment right now, but this is not an acknowledgment, this is reality.
How is this reality? Well, it’s reality because this is proof that when you try something, and you set your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. (Yes, I was kind of quoting Finding Dory there).
People always say: what is life? There’s not a real definition to life, but everyone has their own idea. This is not inspiration, this isn’t a fantasy (ha ha again), this is accomplishment. Once again that ha ha won’t make sense until you read the book.
37 weeks ago, I was writing a prologue, for the third time. 37 weeks ago I changed my idea, my storyline. 37 weeks ago I thought: this might just be another book that never gets finished, this might just be another writing I do that I never show the world. But today, 37 weeks later, I find that this is a book that gets finished, this is an a writing of mine that the world will see.
For those who don’t want to do the math, they want an easier way, I started my book on October 7, 2016 at 9:25 PM. This was 37 weeks before June 23, 2017. Of course I finished the main part of my book at 11:54 PM, since it wasn’t at 9:25 PM it wasn’t exactly 37 weeks. But since it was 2 1/2 hours later, I can say I finished my book in exactly 37 weeks and 2 1/2 hours.
This may not seem like a feat to you. But it is to me. I faced a hard trial, a few years back, and this book was a game my sister and I would play to distract me. I never thought this game would become a book, and this book would become a reality. A reality that I will live in, dwell in, and continue the story.
37 weeks after I wrote my prologue, I wrote the epilogue. 37 weeks ago I thought I could never do this, I thought I would never have people interested in what I wrote. Now I see that if you, and me, want something, you need to work for it.
This is for all of those who start a book, and never finished. This is for those of us who started songs, but never let the world hear them. This is for those… Who can’t seem to see their dream become reality. You can accomplish anything and 37 weeks, this is enough time to start many habits.
If you started a book, go back to it, change it if you want, and finish it. If you want to be a musician, go pick up that music that you wrote a year ago, five years ago, pick it up and play it again, change it, make it who you are today. And for those who can’t see their dreams come true, all I can say to you is… Do your best, try hard, and in the end, it will work out.
About a month ago, I said I would quit writing on Medium. I lied. Now I’m done with my book, I don’t have to worry about catching up to where I am and having to write one in a weeks time. Now I can post once a week without worrying about anything. There will still be editing mistakes, but there always is.
Below is the link for the first chapter of Shapeshifters, the link to the prologue is at the bottom of the first chapter. I also put some links to some my writing prompts that I’ve put out on Medium. I might even put my short story links down below to.