I'm an aspiring writer and I was told by a friend that this was a good place to post some of my work. It would be nice to get feedback. Criticism is welcomed.
A little about me
I've always been fascinated by human behavior. Even as a kid, I studied people. Often I would contemplate how they became who they are and what kind of life experiences molded them. I would make up stories in my head, based on what I thought those experiences were. Then I would get to know them more intimately and find out how close I was to the truth. Usually I would be pretty accurate.
I had a troubled childhood, so understanding how to read people, was a way of survival as well. I would often make up fictional stories, using those I knew as characters. I guess you could say, I used my imagination as a way of escaping my own life. It made it easier to cope, because it helped me escape from my own reality. Without it, I’m not sure if I would have survived the way I have.
As a teen I fancied my future self to be a teacher or possibly a counselor, because of my ability to understand the human psyche. As time passed, I realized that this attribute teamed with the ability to write, could possibly be an asset in being a great writer.
Even though I loved to write and it was really the only subject I succeeded at, I have always been very critical of my writing. I didn’t consider the quality good enough to master the levels of writers that I admired, such as Anthony Burgess, Douglas Adams, and George Orwell. I may never, but I’m not them. My writing style is much different than my idols.
I’ve had a horrible tendency of beginning a novel, then being overly critical of myself and tossing it. Not keeping many of my writings has been something that I deeply regret. Looking back, I’ve had some really creative ideas. After all, from what I’ve read, many writers set novels aside to write at a later date and begin a new one. As a matter of fact, Stephen King has published books of short stories that he rewrote and/or finished from his high school days. So, I have made a promise to myself, I will no longer throw away my writing, no matter how crappy I think it is.
I’ve also vowed to myself that I will actually finish a book. That’s where this site comes into play. I’m hoping that posting here and knowing that others are relying on me to post additional chapters will help me to be motivated. It’s much easier to quit, when nobody knows your quitting anything. If I stop posting here, then others will know I gave up.
I hope you enjoy what I contribute here. Like I wrote in the beginning of this, your criticism is welcomed. There is always room for improvement and I would like to be the best writer that I can be.
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