It’s been a year since I posted last. NaNoWriMo has come, gone and come around again. Yes, I completed last year, did I do anything with the book I wrote?  No. It lies neglected in a nice tidy pile next to my desk.


A funny thing happened after I wrote my first draft.

I hated it. I hated the characters, the premise and everything about the story. My villains weren’t  bad ass enough, my hero turned into a bad ass and my heroine was a big-wring-her-hands-at-conflict wuss.

It took me a year to be okay with the fact that I can’t write certain types of fiction. My mind won’t twist itself into a romance writing, mystery writing or crime writing author. Nope, I need to write off the wall fantasy with twisty stuff. Like Dungeon & Dragons, or Pawn of Prophecy, (Not Tolkien, I’m not that good) or even maybe The Well of Souls.

I need dwarves, fairies and giants. Talking wardrobes and trees that throw apples. I can’t do real life settings. I need to twist my worlds into a blend of make-believe and reality. In my mind reality has werewolves, talking cars and necromancers. My world has tech stuff and swords, castles and condos, demons who surf and angels who curse.

A year ago I started a book, and 364 days later it sits unfinished. And I am okay with that.

Miss all the fun

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. And this time, I am going to have fun and do it my way.

Happy Halloween!

About Shellie Sakai

Reading is a passion. Storytelling is an obsession. Writing is inevitable.
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2 Responses to Ditto….

  1. C. K. Crouch says:

    I always hear write what you know but I think you have to like what you like too. 🙂 I can’t write straight romace. It has to be romance and suspense all tangled together.

    • C.K! I agree. If I write what I know, then I will be writing about a stressed out mom, who is a bookkeeper/advertising exec/consultant. My life is to odd to make it sound even a little bit realistic. 🙂

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