I have told stories from my childhood to my children and grandchildren over the years and everyone always said I should write them down. During my last run at College I took a Creative Writing course and did quite well. This emboldened me to actual try to write a novel. I spent years of my spare time putting together this grand novel. To this day it isn’t finished and I would dread for anyone now to see it.
Recently I had this new idea bouncing around in my mind and building characters and backgrounds then Voyager-Harper Collins announced an “Open Submission” for new unpublished works of fiction. I thought of my new idea. I had it roughly drafted out and a general synopsis written so I thought, Okay let’s see if there is a story in this.
I wrote steadily for over a month and had all my friends help me with proof reading and editing, and then did some more editing. Finally I had it in a full manuscript and correct format and as polished as I could get it. I submitted it. Then started to wait.
I am still waiting but they moved the reply date from December 2012 to January 2013 so more waiting. Meanwhile life goes on and setup and started a second novel based on the first. I felt foolish because I haven’t heard back yet that the first was any good by publisher standards, but my hope just will not let me stop. I believed in the first story and I loved the characters and I think that they have more to tell. Hopefully I will eventually find out that someone else liked it too. I started this WordPress site to get the first one out for people to read and comment but so far no one has even looked at it.
I guess I will just have to keep up the faith and work forward hoping someone, somewhere likes one of my stories.