So this post is a little bit different. I spend a lot of time reading books, as well as doing my best to convey my thoughts about them through reviews. One of the main reasons that I began to review books, even though at the beginning they were super short, is because it helps authors so much. It gets their books out there and into the hands of people who may not have known about them previously. The reason I feel so strongly about helping authors and about being constructive in my reviews is because I write as well. I’m not published, I’m no where NEAR published, so don’t get me wrong. But it’s a big reason why I absolutely despise people who tear a book to shreds because it followed a cliche or it has a love triangle in it or something else that is frequently used. I’m all for explaining why you didn’t like a book you read, I find this helpful and constructive. Not everyone is going to love what you write, it’s impossible, and that is something that I will have to learn to accept in the real world situation when it comes to what I write.
I’ve been writing since I was very young. I loved creating my own make-believe worlds in my head. I’ve always had a very active imagination and I love it. Sometimes I get myself into a tizz because I also live with anxiety and depression, so sometimes my active imagination can turn into the overthinking monster on my shoulder which tells me that the whole world is going to burn down, but that’s neither here nor there, I’m used to it 🙂 .
Music is a massive muse for me. I’m able to listen to a song and create whole scenes in my head around it. This is why I think music is a massive part of my life, because it helps me create.
I’ve been writing the same series for around the past 10 years, I have stages of writing block and periods where I don’t write at all because the characters in my head just aren’t talking. This series, I plan to make at least a trilogy, and it is urban fantasy. That’s all I’m going to share about this one as it chops and changes and I have a million rewrites that can turn the whole thing on it’s head in seconds.
The story that I’m working on at the moment (well, trying to) actually has to do with living with mental illness. All I will share is that it is set in a strange world, with fantastical overtones, that all centre around mental illness. I’ve wanted to use my mental illness in a way that could possible help even one person, and this was the best way I could think to apply it. I’ve spoken to a few people about this story in particular and I’ve had nothing but positive reactions. So I will keep whittling away and hopefully be able to write a blog post one day promoting it.
There are two short stories that I actually finished (Gasp! Shock! Horror!) I’m notorious in my friend circle for not finishing anything that I write. I’ve had a few friends threaten to throttle me, only to not follow through because they want me to finish writing the damn thing so they can read it. These two short stories I actually plucked up the courage to submit to the Jolley Prize Competition a few years ago. I believe they still need some reworking and to be polished up a bit. But I would like to share them with you here. I will share them in their own blog posts so nothing gets muddled 🙂 but this post was purely to explain a little bit about my reviewing journey and why I do the things I do.