July 30, 2010

Life and the composition of written word

I had an awesome opening post planned in my head but instead, I sit here on my laptop trying to find the words to write and nothing is flowing.
This could be due to the 18 month old trying to climb on me while hurling books at my face. Or because of the 5 year old arguing "It's not bed time Mummy!" while I gently try to persuade him that it is indeed bedtime. Or it could be the fact that I have done 3 shifts at work in the last 36 hours. 
This seems to be the story of my life at the moment. I work, I look after my family and somewhere in between I find time to write a novel.

Ever since I can remember I have found the written word to be a powerful thing. It can make you laugh, make you cry and when I can't find the words I want to speak I have always been able to write it with pen and paper.

Yes I am one of those people, the ones that believe they can write a novel and be published because they feel they have a story to tell, be it to entertain or enthrall. Hell, if Stephanie Meyer can do it anyone can right? 
Why do I think I can do this?
First of all, I have a story that I believe to be original. Looking into other books on the subject I haven't found anything that even slightly resembles what I hope to achieve. This gives me hope that I may be on the right track of creating something new that other people will want to read.
Secondly, I enjoy my story and I believe in it. I get lost in it some days and I truly believe that I can create that feeling for other people. I want to give someone a world to fall into to escape their everyday life, for just a little while.

Am I totally delusional? Probably. But in the end if I do manage to publish this work in progress and the only people who buy it are my mum and my husband, it will be a success in my eyes.

The purpose of this blog is to document my journey through the writing process. When/if I manage to finish this project I want to be able to look back on the highs and lows, what challenges stop me in my tracks and if I overcome them in the end.
In the hopes that I will actually gain some readers, I will aim to not have the blog come out as a boring piece of dribble, but I can't promise there won’t be a little of it along the way.

As it stands, Return of the Queen by Chazz Hart consists of 23,902 words, 17 chapters and a prologue.

Wish me luck.


Heather said...

If you're delusional, then so am I. Maybe it's true for both of us but I know that's how I feel as well. I believe in my work, and hell I believe in yours! I still absolutely love your idea and you can count on my purchase as well. And I'd love it signed ;-)

Chazz said...

A life of delusion is always best lived with companions!

And of course a signed copy would be in order.

As a side note, I just had a look at your photography blog. You have some great pics in there! I wish I had a better camera (and more time) to be able to go out and take great photos. But for the moment I am struggling just to take pics of the kids before they grow into adults hehe

Joe Romel said...

I've been writing for years, but I know what it means to come to a crossroads in your life and have to make a decision. And like you, I chose to get serious about this thing that I've been fudging around with for the last decade.

Congratulation on starting your novel, and if I can offer any advice it is to be careful of listening to too much advice. :D Just do your thing, and get help when you need it. I'm rooting for you.

Chazz said...

Thanks Joe!

Heather said...

I wish I got notices telling me when a reply or comment was made! I never see these things until way after the fact, sorry about that.

And thank you =) My photography is one of my loves. I put writing on hold for a long time and have been taking my photography more seriously for years now. I had hoped to establish more of a client base and then become licensed by the end of the year but I haven't been doing any advertising lately. I've felt so overwhelmed and bombarded with life to pursue passions, kwim?? Now I'm rambling...

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