For this year I'm making a few changes in the blogging schedule. Please click here to see the new schedule, including a new post for fourth Mondays.
I have December's stats. They are pretty low for the month, but I have to admit I enjoyed my time off.
Total Word Count: 2355
Total Pages Edited: 32
I also have January's goals.
1. Write one short story for Men of Foxwick.
2. Start writing the first half of The Loveless Princess.
3. Edit Act I of Starred.
4. Edit Part I of The Phoenix Prophetess.
Today is also the Beginnings Blogfest created by L.G. Keltner at Writing Off The Edge. Please click here for rules and participants.
On January 15th, 2009, I started writing The Phoenix Prophetess. It was the first time I decided to not just write a novel but to finish a novel, which I did on September 15, 2009. It was also the moment I decided I wanted to pursue a career as a writer.
"Why?" you may ask.
I know it may sound a bit odd, but the short answer was I was bored. I had gotten a full-time job in December 2008 as a library assistant at a small academic library. I love my job, but I have a lot of free time during it. So I was trying to figure out what I could do with my time when I'm not answering phones, helping a patron, etc. I played games on Facebook and read, but I wanted to do more. Then, I thought back to an idea I had in 2006. It was a story about a girl named Yssa, who was the Phoenix Prophetess. I'd toyed around with the idea off an on since 2006. I drew a map, took some notes, but I never started writing the novel until January 15, 2009.
I was bored and wanted something to do, so I wrote the first chapter and sent it to Christine Rains and my sister Kara. They both told me to keep writing, so I did. A chapter or so a week until I finished the novel exactly nine months later. During that time I started writing a lot of short stories and submitting them. Some were even accepted! I was thrilled, and I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
So my writing beginning emerged as a way to stave off boredom. I don't think I've been bored since!
What's your beginning?