I am a creator. It’s that simple. I’m a writer. It’s that simple. I love creating with the English language, but I never thought that one day I would write a novel, but it happened. This was the pivitol point; the start of my writing career, wherever it would take me.
In a brief retrospection into my childhood, what has always stuck in my mind is a comment made by my form tutor and English teacher. He would say something to the effect of:
Mr Easter, you have many facets to your vivid and fantastical imagination. I wish you would use this garden of ideas, that is, your noggin, for the good of the English language – not as an excuse to get out of hot water!
I thank you Mr Harris . . . Wherever you may be.
I was never a cliché, like you get on some of today’s reality shows, and when I say that I mean, ‘I’ve always wanted to write from childhood; it’s what I’ve always dreamed of doing . . .’ My love of writing was early I admit, I’ve always collected books in some form or another and I’ve always had the utmost respect for them. However, putting pen to paper, the actual interest in writing, well that came later in life. I knew the point when I not only wanted to write – I needed to write.
“Every writer has to find their own way into writing.” (Margaret Mahy) and I truly believe this. I had a strange journey towards my enlightenment.
I’m never completely contempt with what I write, and I always feel I can do better. Graham Greene said that “The writer is doomed to live in an atmosphere of perpetual failure.” and Paul Valery said, “A poem’s never finished, only abandoned.” I took these quotes to heart, but there is an air of comfort in them because I truly agree that a writer is never really happy with their work(s), and a work is never really finished, just abandoned.
I finally built up the courage and started penning articles and reviews for local Newspapers where I lived. My subjects varied from natural history and science, to book and music reviews. It was varied, but helped me in choosing the right words with what I wanted to say. After a while, a spark ignited my own journey into fiction writing, and this time I decided to develop it more; and never look back.
My “noggin” is flooded with ideas. Some are good, but many are rubbish, I’m a very conceptual person and I’m not short of ideas. I have trouble sifting through to find ones that have potential. A few of which have cemented themselves into a corner; ignoring to shift. These are my good ones.
I loved making up my own stories to break from the reality of reality. It’s a hard life out there today and I needed to escape somehow.
I worked on building up the courage and began researching and world-building. Today I am compiling a history and setting for a mammoth fantasy fiction novel (which is ongoing) without conviction. It really has its own mythologies and I want to finish all the novels before letting the light shine on them.
In 1999 I penned (or typed) a rough story plan which I then threw into a dark metal drawer, largely because of the shame with my own writing, but also because my story had similarities to a new author on the block, one who wrote about wizards.
I was one of those writers who felt they needed a little help with their craft, so, I enrolled on a Master of Arts in Professional Writing in 2010. I leant many things; some of them were eye opening, especially regarding the publishing industry. All that said, I graduated in 2012 with an MA. It wasn’t until I finished my postgraduate study, did I take out that old manuscript and give it a second glance. After a lot of hard work and refinement, numerous revisits, and countless re-reads, edits and re-edits, and multiple proofreads, I finally had a polished manuscript. I decided to go along the independent author route, simply because I wanted to have full control over my creation — from text right to the front cover, and format. It was hard and finance did hinder certain parts of the process, but I was happy with my finished product, and I had finished my young adult novel called The Grimoire. I had finally written a book, and I had finally become an author.
My first million
In his classic 1962 book of instruction Writing Fiction, R V Cassill says: a writer’s apprenticeship isn’t over until his first million words have been written, so, my journey had begun, and I wanted more. A journey filled with hardship, disappointment, worry and anxieties, but also tenacity, devotion, and sheer delight and excitement!
The Grimoire is now available from Amazon in paperback and hardback, and can be ordered from major bookstores. It is also widely available as an eBook.