Writing like a writer…..

So obviously I started this blog because I want to write. But of course I was always aware that I wasn’t writing something New York Times bestseller worthy (unfortunately I’m no Carrie Bradshaw), but was hoping this could be the place where I could grow as a writer and find my voice. And its a great feeling to finally feel that growth! My life as a graduate student has been much more pleasant this past month, and its mainly due to the classes that I have been taking. Mind you, the workload is still pushing me to the brink of sanity occasionally, but at times I truly enjoy it. One of the classes I’m taking right now is Children’s Literature and Publishing. It’s really a great class. Being so turned off with this vampire frenzy going on in the publishing world these days, I completely forgot the brilliance in so many Children’s books/novels.

As a part of this class we have to write the first few chapters of our manuscript for a children’s book. This was a challenge that I was not prepared for. I guess mainly because I did not think writing a novel for a 12year old would be that complicated. But the challenges started from the minute I picked up my pen. I had never considered writing a children’s book so I had no idea what to write about. I was 12…..12 years ago!!!! And needless to say 12 year olds today are very different! Much more complex if you ask me. So after racking my brain for ideas and waiting for that moment of inspiration I finally started thinking about myself when I was 12 and just started writing. Of course I did some major embellishments and modernized my character (her bulky portable CD player had been replaced with an I-pod) but eventually it came together. It was fun to remember the things that used to go through my mind at that age.

So after several revisions I finally completed my first chapter. It was a feeling like no other. I don’t know if its brilliant or will ever be publishing worthy, but just that feeling of actually sitting down to write the first chapter of your manuscript and seeing the finished product (well first draft actually) feels like a step up from an aspiring writer to actually becoming a writer. I discovered the strengths and weaknesses in my own writing that I would never have realized until I actually started REALLY writing. Let’s see what challenges chapter 2 brings!

Return from Hiatus

New term, new classes, new reading material!! Believe me, at times I have trouble understanding where this excitement stems from as well! Well, just this past week has been quiet an eye-opener for me. I have been introduced to the world of publishing! Its pretty fascinating to discover what goes into one little book that occupies that 1-inch space on my bookshelf. The most saddening part of the whole experience was realizing that the importance of the quality of the reading material is not really that important. If the world’s reading level goes down, and people shift their attention from vampires to puppets, a 6th grader who writes a marketable story about puppets might have a better chance of selling their book than a graduate student that has been working on their brilliant manuscript for several years! For just a minute my dreams of publishing a best-seller came crashing down…..but who knows….maybe the world will never care for puppets! 😀