I’m currently working on my first fiction novel. I have come to a crossway where I’m trying to build the best possible version of my story. I’m a huge sucker for a love story or a breakthrough moment in a book where everything comes together. If I find a book and It catches my attention, I’m hook from start to finish. My curiosity always gets the best of me, and I’m one of those people who even after putting the book down I go to bed thinking about it.
If I’m not usually writing, I’m watching documentaries or playing video games. I find that a lot of the role-playing games I play have a way to inspire me when it comes to my writing.
My current works are intended for young readers ages 9+ since that’s the age of my niece who tends to inspire me to write.
I love to see the character go through a journey where it ends with them learning about the mistakes of their lives. I feel that a character that places a huge burden on himself and chooses to carry it on its own is one of my favorites thinks to look for in a story.
Anything too graphical or based too heavily on real-life events tend to turn me off.
I awoke to find myself in a thick, dark forest. The tall trees surrounding me were unlike any I had ever seen before. They seemed alive, whispering to me without making a sound. Though I couldn’t make out what they said, I knew they were trying to tell me something.
I could hear another voice, and this one I was able to distinguish. It seemed to be inside my head. It was then I realized that this could not possibly be real, that I was dreaming again. And yet, no matter how hard I tried to convince myself of this, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was happening. It just felt too real.
I knew the voice inside my head was my father’s, even though he was already gone. After all these years, I still remembered his voice. I spent the next few minutes asking that voice, “Why did you leave us?”
The only reply I got was, “You are not ready for that. Not yet. Maybe you never will be.”
I kept trying to convince myself that this was all happening in my head. I knew I had to be asleep in my room; I was sure of it. But each time I tried to wake up, the voice kept calling, “Come back.”
Eventually that voice began to call from a distant place outside myself. With much hesitation, I decided to follow it. I gave chase, but like a distant shadow figure, I could never catch up. As I made my way across the forest, I realized the trees went on and on, seemingly forever, and I wouldn’t be able to escape the voices of the trees and my father.
The trees whispered so loud that I felt their echo vibrating in every part of my being. It was such an intense force that I felt as though I would pass out at any moment. Everything was out of my control, and I knew it had to be an illusion, maybe caused by eating too many snacks before bed.
Been my first novel I don’t really have anything else that has been completed. I did start to write a second book to my story where it takes place several months after the ending of the first one. Currently, I’m on halfway done with the first draft.
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