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An Aspiring Writer’s Long and Winding Journey (Part One)

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Just like our characters, all writers have a journey. Mine is still getting to the good parts, but I want to tell you how things have gone so far (and more as we move along). It’s not the happiest story. I’ve had dark periods of depression and self-loathing, but it’s my story all the same.

I’ve endeavored to write stories for a living for over fifteen years. During that decade and a half, I never had the courage to follow through with it. Now that I’m approaching thirty, I’ve realized how much time I wasted in my life wishing I was this and that while putting none of the work in. My goal for this year is to stop being my biggest obstacle.

I must admit, one of my greatest insecurities is how boring I am, but really, I let people (including myself) bully me into being an overly quiet person. There is likely a certain undiagnosed condition that contributes to that quietness, but I’ll save that topic for another day when I know more about it myself.

Over the next few weeks, I will share my story. Blogging and journaling have always been difficult for me to maintain because of my insecurities, but now that I’ve realized it allows me to ramble incessantly (except I have to edit it, of course), I feel a little more positively toward blogging. It’s all part of my goal to become a writer and build a community of people who enjoy books, movies, and video games as much as I do.

I like to consume stories to escape a world that feels rather cold to me. It’s no wonder I’ve fallen in love with fantasy in particular. Darker elements capture that feeling of loneliness that has plagued me throughout most of my life, but I like to branch into other genres from time to time.

This post was simultaneously posted on my Medium blog.

Sign up for my newsletter to get an example of my work with the free dark fantasy short “Witch.” I have a few short stories I posted on Medium a while back, but I think “Witch” is a stronger example of my work. I’ll be focusing on urban fantasy more in the future, if that’s more your speed.

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