100th Post! // My Writing Journey

     Can you believe the post you're reading right now is my hundredth one? I'm finding it a bit hard to believe. But wow, we made it! I thought it was a pretty big deal when I reached my fiftieth post, but now I've officially doubled that!



     So in celebration of having made it this far, I launched a poll on Twitter asking what I should do for this very post. The options were as below:

    As you can see, "My writing journey" won by a mile, and though I may do the others some time, that's what I'm going to be sharing about today. I've broken it down into my key steps/moments, otherwise known as milestones. It's a long post, so buckle up!

A Little Clay World

   I was bored. It was one of those typical afternoons, when I was still in that blissful period of not getting much homework from school, and I had lots of spare time. So I decided to rummage through my house's craft cupboard. Within it was bits and pieces of scrapbook materials, paints, paddle pop sticks, and to my delight, a big hunk of brown clay and a fake sapphire.

   Always the fan of fantastical worlds, I began crafting a palace from the clay, homes, walls, and a tiny city. Then I pressed the fake sapphire into its center and made it a lake. In winter, I claimed, the waters froze into a massive sapphire that would only thaw when spring came.

   It was the real kick-starter for my love of world-building. My world expanded in every colour of clay I could find, and for each building and forest there was a story. My sister and I crafted documents and lists of residents for the cities. We created maps, schools, businesses, everything.

   Even now that the clay world is gone, I still have world-building deep in my veins.

Sorry for the blurry/bad lighting of these photos, everyone! My phone decided to rebel against me...
Anyway, these are some of earliest journals ever that I wrote in!
"Sharissa's Story"

    Original name for a story, I know. This was my first novel, even though it is to date unfinished. To sum it up and spare you from cringe-worthy details, Sharissa was the world's best girl thief. The story started in my aged red notebook, then moved into the family computer. As I wrote it, I shared what happened in the story with my friends. A friend (*hugs if you're reading this*) even named one of her water-bottles after my love interest!

    Please note I use the term "love interest" loosely. 

    Sharing about my story with others, and having them respond positively, sparked a fire inside me. I loved it; I loved sharing stories. I wanted to keep going, to keep continuing to share the people and worlds inside me.



Shadow and Sun

    I was blessed with the most amazing group of friends when I was growing up. They weren't afraid of playing imaginary games even in Year 6/6th Grade, and we created kingdoms! (Or shall I say, queendoms?) We crafted a world that was vibrant and unique, and of course, we were all queens. Not only did this time of my life make us closer as friends, it also inspired me to write the first novel I did finish.

    The Royal Academy came to a magical total of over 75,000 words. Guess I was always doomed to write long novels, huh?


A map of the Shadow land, where I was Queen Shelissa
First NaNoWriMo

    After hearing about the crazy thing that is NaNoWriMo on the internet, I decided to take the plunge. Did I world-build for my story? Nope! Plan characters and plot? 

    Hahahaha. No. 

    Nevertheless, I finished The Heiring and reached the 50,000 words and another 20,000 in the following months! It was rip-off of practically every dystopian ever, but it featured Australia under a dictatorship, so I guess it was original...? (Barely.) Still, achieving such a huge goal in a month pushed me on to keep writing. And keep writing. And keep writing!



"Draped in Deception"

    Ah yes, my old frenemy. I have been on a crazzzyyy ride with this story. Though it and its trilogy is still listed on 'My Writing' page, I'm currently no longer working on it. Yet for a good solid year and a half or so, this project was my darling. I was extremely passionate about it, dedicated months for drafting and revision but...

    The story wasn't there. It still isn't there. After revisions and receiving critique from a few people, I knew that it was time to move on. Though I felt frustrated and angry with myself and my writing for weeks after that, Draped in Deception was a huge stepping stone in my journey. It provided invaluable lessons on editing, and how to handle critiques.

     Who knows, I might return to it at some stage...


A language from Draped in Deception...
Quill Pen Writer

     Then we get to this blog! Over a year ago, I published my first (and horrible) post. I can't explain how much Quill Pen Writer means to me, and more importantly, all of you! You're an amazing, super talented bunch of writers and readers, and I've found the most wonderful writing community with all of you. 

    Thank you so much!

     Not only have I found my fabulous critique partner through my blog (*hugs*), but I became part of the team at Rebellious Writing, and so much more! I don't think I would have been the same writer I am today without this little blog.


"Golden Revenge" and Today...

    I'll keep this brief, as I could ramble about this book forever. All you have to know is that I think this story will take me far. It's even older than my blog, but I've put it here because it's one I'm working so hard at editing at the moment. I have other projects going on as well but Golden Revenge... I love it. This story has a piece of my soul inside it.

    And that's where I am today. I've learnt from every single word I've written, whether it be rubbish or gold, and it's shaped me into the writer I am. I know I'll keep changing, keep growing, but for now I want to celebrate the trials and joys that have brought me here. 

    Finally, thank you for being here, for reading this mammoth post. You're all so incredibly special to me, and I love watching where your journeys take you!


Let's chat about your journey! What have you learned about yourself and writing over the years, months, weeks? What are some of your milestones or key steps?
Thank you once again, and have a beautiful day! <3

Comments

  1. Congratulations!!!

    It was so cool reading about your old stories and your writing journey!!!!!! <3

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    1. Thanks so much Gray!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading about my horrid old stories, haha! :D

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  2. I loved hearing about your writing journey!

    We all have those frenemy WIPs :)

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks; I'm so glad! Haha yeah I really think we do, don't we? ;) They can teach us plenty of important lessons, even if they are frustrating at times. XD Thank you for commenting Catherine!

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  3. Congratulations Melissa! <333 Here's to many more beautiful writing adventures :))) You are an inspiration to me and I'm so glad I found you on that random little day.

    And ahh those childhood writings! But honestly even from then you sounded promising ;) I was busy ripping off American Girl when I was 11 xDDD. Almost every single character's name in the family started with J. Old memories... XDD

    Anna | www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thanks so much Anna! Your words always lift me up and make me incredibly happy. <3 I'm so glad you found me too!

      Haha old childhood writings are the best! I always get so incredibly amused reading them, amid all the cringing and groaning, of course. XD Ah, good 'ol American Girl! Sounds like a fun story though. ;) Thank you for commenting!

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  4. This was so interesting and cool to read. I think I might have to do a post in a similar vein. It's so awesome to see someone else's journey with writing!

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    1. Thanks Skye! I'm really glad you enjoyed reading about my journey, long as the post is. XD Yes, please do! I'd love to read about yours! Thank you for commenting! :)

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  5. Congratulations Melissa!!! And I loved reading this post - your journey's so interesting and inspiring. It really seems like you were born with writing and creating in your blood! And yay for childhood writing memories. I can relate :)

    Lovely post!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. Thanks Amy!!! :D That's so lovely of you to say so! It does seem that way, doesn't it? I was always the child who wanted to play imaginary games... XD Yay for childhood writing memories! They're so much fun. Thank you for commenting! <3

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  6. Happy 100th post, Melissa! I loved reading your journey. Great post! Can't wait to see what's ahead for you. <3

    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Ivie! That's very sweet of you to say so. <3 I can't wait to see what's ahead for you too! Thanks so much for commenting!

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  7. congrats on the special milestone! it's okay not to finish 1st nano it's very common

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    1. Thanks Ailyn! I actually did finish my first nano, but didn't finish the story until a few months later. :) Thank you for commenting!

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  8. Happy 100 posts! That's an extreme amount of dedication you've shown to blogging and I can only guess your passion for it is as strong as your passion for writing :D

    I have yet to try a NaNoWriMo! I love how your journey has evolved.

    - andrea at a surge of thunder

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    1. Thank you Andrea!!! :) I am quite passionate about it as well, and always enjoy every single thing I post. How could I not love blogging with all you amazing people? <3 I hope you try NaNo one day, to see what it's like! Thanks so much for commenting!

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  9. Congrats! It is so cool that you have written 100 posts!!!

    I love your writting journey! It is so cool and unique! What an amazing thing!

    Always keep writing!!!!

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    1. Aw thank you! <3 I promise to always keep writing as much as I can. XD Thanks for your kind words and for commenting!

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  10. Congrats on 100 posts! That's so awesome! And I love reading about writers' journeys, so this post was extra awesome!

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    1. Thank you Sarah!!! I'm so glad you think so. :) Good luck with your writing, and thanks for commenting!

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  11. Congrats! I love reading your blog!

    -Lia
    catholicgirlstuff.blogspot.com
    lilahsmusicals.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much!!! <3 I'm super happy you like it!

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  12. Oh, Melissa! Can I just take a moment and say how much I love the style with which you write your blog posts??? It all flows so wonderfully...

    And also, CONGRATS ON REACHING 100 POSTS! That's so awesome, and I look forward to reading more <3

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    1. Oh thank you Lila! That's so kind of you to tell to me; it means a lot. <3 I look forward to reading more of your posts too! Thanks so much for commenting! :)

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  13. Your language for Draped in Deception, though! You made an entirely different way of writing?? That's impressive! Are there particular languages/scripts you were inspired by?

    Were you very old when you did your first NaNo? (And an Australian dystopian seems like it could be pretty original - at least, there's a huge lack of Australian-set spec-fic, and no published dystopian novels are coming to mind ;)
    Jem Jones

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    1. Yes, I did! Thank you! I was particularly inspired by the fluid, joined style of Arabic writing, but the circular letters of Thai and Laos also inspired the letters. :)

      I was thirteen, if memory serves correctly. Haha yeah there's not that much, which is why I wrote it in the first place! The rest of the story is far from original though. XD Thanks so much for commenting Jem!

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  14. Congrats on your 100th post! That's amazing! :)
    And I loved reading about your writing journey so much! I always like seeing how people got into writing, because whilst everyone's journey is totally different, I think you can always relate to a lot of aspects of it too (I definitely have tonnes of old notebooks somewhere filled with maps of fantasy worlds and all my old stories!). I definitely agree as well that you can learn from every word you write, even if the project itself ultimately doesn't come to anything. The one manuscript I've completed so far probably isn't going to see the light of day, but it was a huge learning experience, and I think the novel I'm writing now is so much better for having written the first.
    Great post, anyway, and best of luck with the edits on Golden Revenge! I'm sure it's going to take you far :)

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    1. Aw thanks Laura! <3
      Yep, you can learn from every word and every story and every sketch of an idea; they all contribute and build you up as a writer. Exactly! You might never publish your first finished novel, but you learnt about yourself and your writing, and that is invaluable in writing your current one. :)
      Best of luck with your writing, and thanks so much for commenting! :D

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  15. Congrats on 100 posts! That's a big milestone! It was really cool to hear about your writing journey. Thanks so much for sharing! I love that it started with clay. ^ ^

    storitorigrace.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Victoria! :) I adored my clay world dearly, haha, so I might have get back into it some time! Thank you so much for commenting! XD

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