You. Yes, you, can write

I want to preface this by saying I only have one book published. I'm not an amazing writer either. Hell, the only writing classes I've taken have been the required ones in college. If you're looking for advice on writing, I'm not the person to talk to... yet.


That being said, I am a new writer, someone who struggled to write because I always felt that my work wouldn't be good enough. Someone who read amazing stories and though to himself I'll never be that good.


This post is for people like me, who want to write, but don't think they can. People who lack confidence. People who don't think they're good enough to write a book. People who need to be reminded that writing isn't an inherent skill, it's something that can be improved through hard work!

So, why am I writing this post?


Because if I can write , so can you!

 

I've never really thought of myself as a writer. I'd always dreamed of writing a litrpg but never actually thought I would. I remember vividly two years ago - on a family trip to Ireland (back when we were allowed to travel) - I threw a penny into a wishing well and wished that I'd have a book written by the end of the year. Hah.


Well, eventually - after reading yet another amazing self-published litrpg - I started writing. (I guess I got tired of waiting for the Irish well-fairy to write for me).


I started my first draft of Fragment of Divinity in December 2020 and have spent around three to five hours a day, four to six days a week writing. I really should get a social life.


Before I started writing, I'd never considered it a skill that you could improve. Either you had talent or you didn't. But still, I wrote. I wrote and wrote. And it was terrible. But I kept writing, because as Jodi Picoult says, "You can't edit a blank page." I don't actually know who that is, but the quote still stands.


Finally, I finished my first draft. Then I read it. It wasn't great. I almost gave up then, after countless hours of writing. I remember thinking to myself: How can all these people put out such amazing works? And why can't I?


But I kept at it. And now... well, I still don't think it's good enough, but everyone's their own biggest critic.


Anyway, the point I have taken so long to make is that you don't get good at writing by wanting to write - you get good by writing. So I went over my story and started my second draft.

And another one.

And then got professional edits.

And then fixed those.

And then, finally, publication!


I thought I'd share the difference in my writing between my first and second draft: the difference that three months can make.


This is an excerpt from Becoming the Reaper, which was the tentative title for Fragment of Divinity before I basically changed the entire story.


Anyway... without further ado.

 
Before (December 2020)
After (March 2020)
 

Publication (September 2020)

As you can see, draft two and the final product are remarkably close, but the final published version flows much better.


I know I have a long journey ahead of me, but it's still heartening to think that I've improved just a little bit.


Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my ramblings.


Thanks for reading :)


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