Hello Friends and Welcome.
Today I wanted to share the background on my dream to be a writer. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a writer. I adored reading everything I could and I loved making up stories. In third grade I decided that I would write a children’s book about a rabbit holding a birthday party. I called it “Rabbit’s Birthday Party” and I spent hours playing around in Microsoft Paint creating art to illustrate the book. I never finished that book, but I may one day decide to revisit and write it.
Nothing captured me like a fantasy story, though. I read all seven of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia books during quiet reading time in fourth grade. I adored Narnia and the world that Lewis had created. Later on, I would discover Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Those three series of books really engaged my attention and presented such rich worlds to visit when I read. I enjoy those books and regularly re-read them often. I dreamed of creating a world of my own and telling stories set in that world.
In fact, I actually have a fantasy series somewhat planned out with hand-drawn maps of the geography, pages of notes on some of the characters, and even some fully-fleshed out chapters. I do plan to write the series one day, however I am still working on creating some languages for the creatures in the series. Once I feel that the I have everything prepared, I am really excited to be able to focus on it and write it out. The series will not be written under the Kellie Katrin name but will instead be written under one of my other names.
When I was in college, I got the opportunity to take a creative writing class. It was so scary at first to share the words I had written, but it was one of my favorite experiences. It allowed me to write regularly and to not fear trying new things in my writing and experimenting.
For as long as I’ve been reading and writing, I have been fascinated with other writers’ processes for creating their works. I have read countless biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, and just articles about writers. I’ve always been fascinated by J.K. Rowling’s handwritten spreadsheet for Order of the Phoenix where she would have the scenes listed on the left side of the paper and across the top were all the different character groups and subplots so she could organize what was going on at with each group and event as the story moved along.
I am personally still developing my process, but I am so excited to share with you as my process evolves and changes as I progress in my writing life. I have two projects I’m currently working on under the Kellie Katrin name, Autumn Sunrise which is a completed draft ready for the first round of revision and Serial News which is a thriller novel that I have plotted and prepped and is now ready for the drafting stage.
That’s all for today. Thanks for joining me friends!