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FANFICTION, CASTLE

So this isn’t a post about my regular writing–it’s about fan writing. Fan fiction is a wonderful tool. For me I get very into the shows I watch and quite often the voices of the characters start talking in my head. Last night was one of those moments. I had just finished watching the new ABC show called Castle when they showed the preview for the season finale. In it, the main character Richard Castle played by Nathan Fillion gets shot–or at least Kate Beckett (the other main character) is told that someone has gotten shot. I just assumed that it was Castle. And from that little preview I came up with this which is just a little drabble, a speculation on what is to come. Gotta love fan fiction.

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HOW I BECAME A WRITER

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a writer. My earliest memory of writing would be when I was in grade two or three and we had these ‘journals’ in which we were supposed to talk about our day and such but I didn’t write about that. I wrote stories. All stories had a little girl in it and they were all named after me and they all were my age. In one journal I wrote a story about faeries but never finished but wish that I had and in another journal I wrote a story about a seal getting lost in the greater Toronto area which I did finish. Reading them over now they’re quite childish but show incredible imagination (in my humble yet biased opinion) but the writing didn’t stop there.

When I was in brownies (age 7) I wrote a story about a girl who went into a box in her backyard that led to another world where the sky was orange and the grass was pink and it was completely deserted. In grade 5 during March break I went to this day program at the local chapters and we wrote and illustrated and published a book. Mine was about a penguin who had gotten lost and was found by a young girl (me). In grade 4 or 5 at school there was a writing club where we would gather in the library and write. At the end of the program we got a short story bound up.

I will be the first to admit that it was a rip off of a book that I was reading–most of my stories were copies or homage’s to other published works but there was one story in grade 4 or 5 I think where we were placed in a group and we could make up our own stories and my group came up with a story about Cinderella who lived as we know she lived but had a boyfriend and dumped him…..I could go on and on.

For me, writing stories I suppose has always been preferable to the real world. I was a total outcast at school and for me reading and writing was a way for me to get away… I read the babysitters club books and I yearned to have such a close knit group of friends and by reading the books faithfully I felt that I belonged. By watching movies with happy endings I could see a world where people aren’t petty and mean and rude and horrible, but are kind and nice and where good always wins out. The same was true for writing. Writing was a salvation for me back then, and now I write I suppose because I have so many stories in my head that are just bursting to come out. The ultimate dream is to become published and write for the rest of my life–but if I have to write just for myself and my close friends and family…well, there are worst ways to express oneself don’t ya think?

And in terms of how I do write in case anyone wants to know, when I think of a story idea, the entire story comes to me at once. It’s like I can see the entire plot with all its twists and turns and all the dialogue, it’s all there in my head and then it’s gone in a flash and I spend ages trying to reconstruct it…sometimes I’m successful but more often than not I lose interest…and sometimes losing interest is hard. Yet I keep writing, hoping that one day I’ll get published…and this blog will chronicle that experience. As of right now I only have one novel that is even close to being published. It’s a solid 84k and was written during the National Novel Writing Month 2005. I could send out sample chapters now, but I want to go through one more re-write before I send it out. I’m only about a quarter of the way through this re-write but with school being done for the time being I should be good to work on a chapter per day/week in order to get my novel finished and ready to be sent out…

…either way I’m a writer at heart and I suppose that even if don’t get published one day (which as I have said before is the penultimate dream) I’ll continue writing just for me, my family, my friends and for the fun of it. ^_^ I mean, the voices have to go somewhere right?

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