Today is Day 2 of Alex Beadon’s Feel Good Blogging Challenge, and it is a fun topic. Basically, we are supposed to share the story of our passion. For me, this passion is writing my novel, Cry of the Amazon.
What’s My Story? Why Do I Do What I Do?
Basically, for me, this asks me why I am a writer. Well, I’ve been creating stories even before I could actually grip the pen in my hand –I had a very patient Mom. :) But as for why I decided to write about a group of women who take over the world, that’s a different story all together.
I first had the idea for Cry of the Amazon about 9 years ago. I was into the dystopian genre, and thought that a story about women taking over the world sounded really cool. So, I went to go look for it at the library… and online… and anywhere else that I could think of. But, I couldn’t find one! And somehow, on that same day, I came across this quote by Toni Morrison, that said:
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
These words really planted themselves inside me, and I knew that I need to write this book. It was my story to tell. That said, I put the idea away for a while, because I felt intimidated by the idea of writing an entire book. Write an essay? Sure, I could do that. Write a short story? I could do that too. But write a book? That just seemed impossible.
Then about 5 years later, the idea called to me as I tried to get my papers together for joining the Army. I was passionate about my country, and my ability to serve. And well, female empowerment really called to me at the time. Although I did not join the military for health reasons, I do believe my preparations for the Army got me back on track towards my goal. I started to develop this world of the Amazons. I began a basic plot outline. I bounced ideas off of my college roommates, and wrote a whole page. And then I shoved it in a drawer.
It wasn’t until I started to have some major health problems, and had to take a semester off from college, that I decided to buckle down and write my story. After all, I didn’t have much else to do with my time. So, I pulled my laptop in my lap, and began to write….and write… and write.
Now, after 3 years and 3.5 drafts, I have a full length novel… that I am still in the process of writing. It still a little messy, and needs some tweaking, but it has been worth every moment of my time. There’s something beautiful to feel words flow through my fingers as I write about the book of my dreams. And, when the words don’t flow, there’s still something amazing about gritting my teeth and pushing those words out anyway. I have connected to my creativity in a way that I never would have imagined.
Writing Cry of the Amazon really has been a blast in so many ways. It has been fun exploring a topic that I really haven’t heard of, and writing a book about it. While I’m still in the process of editing, I do hope to have it out next year. :)
Am I proud of graduating college? Yes, of course. But am I proud that I have written a book? Oh, yeah! I love being a writer, and I can’t think of anything more rewarding for me. That’s why it is my calling, my passion. :)