Hello! My name is Erica, and I've started this blog specifically to discuss my passion in life-literature-as well as let loose my thoughts on various subjects from day-to-day.
I have been reading as long as I can remember, and according to my parents was frequently read stories by them. I have fond memories of my father making up bedtime stories for me using my stuffed animals, and my brother started writing at a young age as well. I first started writing when I was eight. We were told to simply write a story in creative writing. Inspired by my brother's writing, I made up a superhero known as "Bill the Goose" (inexplicably named after then-President Clinton). Bill the Goose had several adventures, and I have since found out my teacher kept those stories, and reads them to her students every year. (I am 22, and my wild imagination is still influencing children. I'm sure some people would find this rather frightening.)
My writing tapered off for a bit after this. I was homeschooled for several years, and away from the influence of that teacher. However, if one is meant to be a writer, one will write. I began a long, rambling story based on a game I used to play as a child. It was a game influenced by all those 80's cartoons. I was the hero and I fought the bad guy, etc. Of course the writing was hideous; but the point was that I was writing.
The breakthrough came in eighth grade. I was in advanced reading, and we were told to write a short historical fiction story. My imagination took off, and soon the legend of the Jersey Devil (my "phase" at the time) was caught up in the American Revolution, and British spies. My teacher was a bit astonished at how much I had written, and it wasn't simply the amount; apparently the quality was somewhat decent for a 13 year old.
I continued refining my childhood story; it evolved with my age, becoming increasingly less childish. When I was a junior in high school, I heard about the L. Ron Hubbard scholarship. Winners not only won the scholarship but also got published. So I set to work writing, an idea forming from listening to excessive amounts of Blind Guardian and reading "Pete's Evil Overlord List". I finished, I sent it in, and...oh. I had gone way over the allotted word count. I tried to pare it down but it just didn't work. I had too many ideas to fit into 17,000 words. So I decided-I will get published the old-fashioned way.
I'm still working on this novel today. It's evolved greatly. I've been using online resources, tips from published writers, outlining my ideas and my characters and slowly, surely, writing something I feel is worth publishing.
In my spare time I write snippets from other ideas of mine; from that old childhood story that's become something much, much more; from other ideas that keep popping into my head and won't leave me alone. And here is where I'm going to refine them, showcase them, and get the attention of those who love reading.
So kick back, prepare to give me some constructive criticism, and also be ready to discuss other works of literature, or just to rant and rave about daily goings-on.
Again, welcome and enjoy!