Hello everyone. I have been working on a story. One day I wrote the whole thing out. It’s 5 pages. Right now, I am trying to expand it from a short story to a novelette or a novel. Do any of you book writers out there have any advice? How do you keep yourself motivated?
A little about the story. Last year, when I was sick there were moments I wanted my Dad to tell me a story. I remember he would tell me he had to ask God for one. Maybe next day he will be able to tell me one. So, next day came and he told me a story about a rabbit and its tail. Later, I would ask him to tell me the story again. But each time he would say it, it would be a bit different. It’s the only story I remember out of all he used to tell. And I wanted to write it in memory of him.
I remember subtle things from his story he would tell. From those vague words, I added my own. What he told I expanded to make a short story length. My Dad was the first person I shared my writings with. I didn’t share all my writings. But the ones I did, he was proud of. Couple months ago, I remember him suggesting I could write children stories.
One day, my Dad told me you can’t make a living with writing. That is true. And it made me rethink about writing. But this year, he suggested it. It made me rethink what I wanted to be when I was little- a published writer.
Two months ago, my Dad passed away- March 22, 2016. Last month, I started thinking about the story I used to want to hear a lot. I wrote it in a journal I began writing in couple days after his funeral. I was so focused on this story. Nothing made me focus like this did. I wrote 4-5 pages that day (double spaced).
Now, I have been wanting to expand it to a novelette. That or if I can, I would like to proceed in the publishing process. I know, editing comes before that. I plan on joining a writing group near my area. Back in 2013, I met a newly published writer at Barnes and Noble. She gave me great advice on writing stories. She also had given me a writing group I could join if ever I write a draft to a story and wanted help.
I may add the story on here. But I want to know from other writers, do you post your full story on here before publishing? Or do you post a few lines to get feedback on readers thoughts? I know I just started. I don’t want to rush this and regret the story I wrote. It will be the first published book if I succeed. And that’s what I plan. I plan to have this story my first published one in honor of my Dad.
Thank you for reading this. If you have any advice or suggestions on this or any of my previous post, please let me know.