Friday, April 13, 2012

Hello

April 2012

I'm new to the world of blogging and twitter. Not quite sure where to start ...

I've been writing since I was ten years old. Quietly, behind the scenes, never advertising it to anyone. (Sounds crazy, but the only people that know how much I love writing is my husband, my mother, and my best friend!) I've never been in contact with other writers in the same boat, never reached out. Until now. Thought it would be fun to share my experience with others who have ventured into this crazy world of words, characters, storylines, publishers, and the fabulous euphoria of a having either written or read a fantastic book.

I've written over twenty books, many of which I destroyed years ago. Not that I ever viewed them as waste of time. At first, it was a way of getting the voices in my head onto paper. No, not crazy "I'm losing my mind" voices, more like characters that needed their stories told. So I initially handwrote my first book until my mother bought me a typewriter. Bonus. An even bigger bonus was when I received my first computer. And so it snowballed from there.

With every book I've written, I've learnt something new. Thanks to the magical world of the internet, I've read a lot, researched oodles of websites and blogs on writing, and I've learnt a lot.

About two years ago, after my son started school and I had the extra time, I started writing in earnest. And that's where my writing journey really starts. I wrote a romance novel, Cat Got Your Tongue, and ended it off at 125 000 words. Yikes. I started the book with gusto and finished it with an even greater gusto as the words and storyline just flowed. It was only after I was finished with it that I decided to venture into the scary world of publishing.

That's where I turned to the internet and the learning process began. Whilst working on two other novels, I've since revised my first novel several times over and have reduced it to a slim and sexy 78 000 words. It's fun, romantic, humorous, edgy, and makes me laugh even though I've read it a million times. I'm currently in the process of revising it again at the request of a very friendly editor who liked the book and my way of writing but had a few suggestions to make the novel even stronger.

Watch this space. :)

Until then, I'd love to be in touch with other people whose thoughts are occupied with voices belonging to fictional characters insisting that you write their story.

Write with joy,
Rae.