On writing: finding a story

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I’m fairly new to writing fiction. I have always been scared to write imaginatively, creatively; outside my own experiences. It has been easier to play with words within the context of subjects I am familiar and comfortable with.

Over the last few months I’ve written a few short pieces of fiction, and I have loved writing each one. They have shown me that, while I still don’t believe I have a novel in me, I might have stories to tell; and who knows where they might lead.

I wrote a rather ambiguous piece about A Letter a couple of weeks ago. It generated more questions than it answered, but somewhere I think I might have the answers to some of those questions.

It’s the first time I’ve really continued to think about a piece after I’ve finished it; worked on ideas in my head, begun to develop the back story a little, fleshed out the characters and their world.

I have no idea whether I will write any more of it, or if my thoughts will lead me elsewhere. But, it’s quite exciting nonetheless!

Finding a story has always been daunting to me. I can turn an event or a memory into prose, I can write a poem about a moment or a feeling. But, to be truly creative, that’s a bit scary. Proper writer stuff!

I am really enjoying expanding my thoughts and trying new things, and I have to thank this linky, and all the wonderful writers who join in, for inspiring me to move outside my comfort zone and try my hand at fiction.

I have a long way to go, but I am going to enjoy journey.

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22 thoughts on “On writing: finding a story”

  1. I’m so glad to hear your confidence is growing! I love your stories, and really enjoyed the letter one… Inspiration is a funny thing – stories can grow out of the tiniest seeds, and I reckon they just keep growing to the size they’re supposed to be. For years I didn’t think of anything that had more scope than a short story, but more recently I’ve found inspiration to be leading to much bigger things… So who knows where your story will take you? Exciting times! xx

  2. It’s a lovely journey (although I realise I’m totally biased here!) I too never thought of myself as being able to produce anything other than short stories at most but recently I’ve found the confidence to write much more detailed and complex ideas down.
    In fact, I’ve just started mapping out an adult novel which has rather taken me by surprise.
    I think the point you’re at sounds very exciting and I look forward to reading where it all takes you :)

    1. Oh, wow, I’m so excited for you! I’m just going to start writing/planning more and see where it takes me at the moment…!

  3. Every story starts with just one idea and when you can see that idea taking shape it can be very exciting. You need that excitement in order to write the story. You need to believe in the characters and the world that you are creating around them. It’s a fun process. Enjoy.

  4. I’m so THRILLED that our linky has had this effect on you! I’ve loved reading your more creative pieces and it’s exciting to hear that one of them is still making you think. Maybe it will become the novel you never believed you had in you… You never know where these things can lead – I think once you start writing creatively it prompts more and more ideas to flow! Good luck with it all and thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting

  5. I get scared at writing stories too – I have a lot of self-doubt when it comes to my imagination that hampers my creativity. I should really just let go and give it a go. I loved your ‘The Letter’ and am glad that you are starting to stretch yourself in this area of creative writing – looking forward to reading more of your stories :-)

  6. It’s good to hear you’ve written something which has got you thinking, it’s all part of the process of becoming a writer I think. And there are different types of writers – you write some lovely poems and I may be able to write a book length story but I really struggle with poetry! Maybe I should try it some day. You’re right, this is a great linky to share ideas and progress #WhatImWriting.

  7. Wow, I just read ‘The Letter’ and now I’m really intrigued! Please keep writing, you’re clearly very talented xx

  8. I could have written this myself Sara, thanks for making me realise it’s not just me whose afraid to step upside my comfort zone! Really enjoyed your letter and hope to read more xxx

  9. It *is* exciting to have an idea growing! I always find that, even though I’d love to turn my hand to real fiction one day, the thought of the time it would take puts me off even attempting it simply because I know something else would have to give (be it sleep, a clean house, mindful relationships or blogging!) and I’m not ready to drop any of the other balls I’m juggling right now! X

    1. This is very true! I want to start a writing challenge in January… But I am very concerned about finding the time!

  10. This is very exciting. Do it.

    The hardest part is committing yourself to it and knowing that it is a LONG process and it’s going to take you on an emotional rollercoaster but when you finish that first draft, you’ll feel like you’re invincible.

    A lot of people talk about writing a book and very few actually manage to finish writing a first draft – and even then that’s not even half the battle – but it’s a start. It’s breathing life into your project and your characters and your voice deserves to be heard, even if it’s just by you.

    We’ll be here to cheer you on. xx

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