Well, I finally did it. I feel so accomplished now – at least to some extent, but I’m very excited!
Why am I excited, you ask? Well, this goes back over 20 years ago (sheesh……has it been THAT long???), when I started writing a book that I’ve been thinking about for years. Way back in the day – back in the 80’s, actually, I started coming up with an idea for a science-fiction/fantasy book set off in the far-flung future – at least far enough ahead that the year will never actually pass in my lifetime (thank you, Frank Herbert for the inspiration for HOW far). Granted, I’m not basing mine in the year 10,191, but it is set in the 40th century. ANYway………I started writing ideas and scenes for this back in the day, and then in the early 90’s, started writing the book itself.
Now granted……….I pretty much am a greenhorn at the whole “professional writing” thing – I usually blog or let stories roll off the keys of my keyboard. I’m not very organized at it, as my friends will vouch for, BUT………I still love the idea of working on this book. SO……..back in ’92, I borrowed my friend Karen’s word processor and transcribed my hand-written pages to typed text. I ended up doing about three pages worth (coming down from 20 handwritten pages is a bit of a blow, but I covered that in a previous post already). Today, I finally managed to re-type my story thus far onto my online drive, so now I can work on it at my leisure, but I still need to do up an outline for it first. I need to re-read what it means to do a good outline, but I do need to do this.
If I’m going to do anything worthwhile, creative-wise, I need to do this book. I need to finalize who the characters are going to be in the book, and not keep changing it based on relationships I’ve had with friends over the years. They need to be separate individual entities – not extensions of the personalities over the years. Most of them, I’ve written out profiles for, so that’s a plus. Now to start the work in earnest and actually make some headway in the world of the future!
I may actually make some progress on it this year!