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Sunday, August 11, 2013

WHAT GOT ME WRITING

I started my writing at the age of fifteen, after having read Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Alchemist.

Prior to taking up the pen, so to speak, I used to love drawing. As a child, I would always produce battlefield scenes and 'crayon' storylike illustrations of wizards and witches dancing around cauldrons with their broomsticks, whilst nocturnal beasts lurked in the background and owls hooted at croaking crows and ravens.

So I guess you could say I was born a storyteller.

Full of hopes, I began working on what I belived would go on to become the world's best fantasy story, but my first attempt at writing a book was discontinued after 90 pages. The reason being, I learned, from an external source, that my book had way too many similarities with another fantasy book which was already in print.

Upset, but not beaten, I decided to come up with a new plot, which took a while. Soon enough, I was typing again, occasionally on a typewriter, but more often on a PC. About a year later I had Eldar Cornavian sitting on my desktop and collecting digital dust. So I decided to send it to several publishers. I believe I got three rejections and one 'yes' from a publishing house which offered two options, one of which was they cover all the costs and take eighty percent (I belive) of the book's royalties, and the other we go in fifty-fifty. I chose the latter.

However, the publishing process almost immediately became a farrago of God knows what, and I, what with being an adventure-seeking teenager at the time, gave up on the idea and started doing too much socialising and not enough writing.

But years elapsed and the teenage spirit petered out as I hit the twenties, and after watching Christopher Nolan's Inception, I, for some unknown reason, felt compelled to write again. So I rewrote Eldar Cornavian, spiced it up, if you will, and named it Alex Cornavian. Much to my disappointment, the Alex project had to be terminated. My new storyline obstinately refused to fuse together with the old one.

So, I guess this takes us to Peter Simmons, the book which took me about two years to plot and write. In fact, I've done so much plotting that the whole Peters Simmons 'saga' will be anywhere from five to eight installments long.

And her I am now, a twenty-three-year-old writer waiting for his ISBNS, looking forward to unleashing his child into the world to see how it does.