Ever since I was young, I have always wanted to be a writer. I’ve always been a big reader. At a young age, my parents read to me every night. I grew up in the Shire, went to school at Hogwarts and traveled the yellow-brick road in Oz. I’m still a voracious reader to this day--Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, and Pat Rothfuss are some of my favorites.
But what I want to do, most of all, is write. I want to write the kinds of stories people lose themselves in, that they write fanfiction about--the kind of stories that people re-read year after year because they love it so much.
I have dabbled in writing--a few short stories here, a few chapters there, but life always seems to get in the way. There’s work, there’s friends, there’s family--and an eternity of excuses. Nothing I write seems to be good enough. I know it’s a process--I know not everyone is a Tolkien on the first try--even Tolkien! But I find myself starting and stopping far too often.
When I was 25, I told myself I’d have a published novel, even if I had to self-publish, by age 30. I am staring down 31 in a matter of months, and barely have a dozen chapters to my name.
That’s where the Listserve comes in. I’d like to reach out to my fellow writers---published and unpublished, hobbyist and professional. If you put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, I want to hear from you!
Please, write to me. Talk to me. Encourage me. Give me your tips, your tricks. How do you get over the self-doubt? What keeps you writing? Prod me to keep going. Share with me your writing processes. I have so far to go, and I’m not above asking for help keeping me honest to get there.
I want to be a writer. I have these worlds inside me, these characters, demanding to be brought to life. I want to write your next favorite book--the one you’ll read to your children at night, that you’ll excitedly loan to your friends, that you’ll fall in love with and read again and again.