People who know me may know that I have been working on the same idea for years. Now, very little writing has actually been done for this idea, but I am finally pulling it together and have leapt into the deep end.
I used to write down my dreams every morning. Anything that I could remember I would try to get down in my phone's note taking app. I have traced this one back to about 2014, but I think it's older than that. The dream was very simple, more so a scene than an actual story. All I remember was seeing a grand house at night, in the rain. I knew somehow that there was magic there, but that it was hidden from plain sight for protection. And that was it.
So, below I will share a few pages from the first time our main character encounters this house. Please excuse errors and any particular horribleness, I'm trying not to edit (with great difficulty) until I have more pages done.
Instead of working on my projects, here I am...building myself a website. Procrastination, thy name is writer. To defend my actions, you do hear all the time now about how important it is that aspiring published authors create a good social media presence. So that's what I'm doing amongst other things.
I realized about ten years ago when I was in high-school and running my own writing forum (Caeliria, now a cyber graveyard), that I enjoy helping other writers with their work almost as much as writing for myself. Perhaps it is just another form of procrastination, but I really love helping a writer who is stuck get out of their rut and open up a whole new world of possibilities for their creation. If only I could do that for myself, right? Alas...
I've been very casually helping other people with their writing for about a decade now and I figure now that I'm really trying to be serious about my writing that it would be a good side hobby while I stare at half written chapters of my own writing. One thing I really miss about the "Writer's Room" environment of my screenwriting classes is the constant feedback we'd get on each other's work. It was great! I think if aspiring novelists gathered in small groups to help each other out, we'd probably become better writers and get work done a lot faster. Perhaps I am trying to simulate that environment here online.