What a title for a first post, right? But well, I needed something that would include everything I was going to talk about, so this is it! Let’s start with the first part: Writing and Me. I’ve always been a writer. As long as I can remember I wrote down things that came to mind. Stories, poetry, short paragraphs, if it came up in my mind, I wrote it down.
I never did anything with it, until a few years ago, when I decided I wanted to put pen to paper so to speak (in truth, fingers to keyboard LOL) and finish a story that has been playing in my mind for a long time now. I’m still working on it, but it’s slowly getting there.
The main reason why it’s not finished yet, is because of confidence. I write my stories in English, but English isn’t my native language, Dutch is. It’s not even my second language, French is. English is my third language and while I’m not bad at it, I’m also not perfect. When you decide to self-publish, you don’t have that team behind you that you would when you go the traditional route.
I’m especially talking about an editor. Someone who finds those pesky mistakes that you don’t notice yourself. Or the switching between UK and US spelling I sometimes do. But, I found a way to build up my confidence, and that’s the second part of what you see in my title: the Kindle Pre-Made Plot Mini Challenge.
Tiffany Lambert, a friend of mine, started this challenge in August. But since I didn’t have a lot of time at that point, I didn’t want to commit to it yet. Yesterday, though, I finally gave in. Time to get this started. I purchased my entrance to the challenge and I watched the video for the first day today. The idea is that you buy or find a plot and that you write a short story based on that.
On the first day, which I finished today, she gives you some techniques on where you can find some quality plots (paid and free). I already had some on my computer, so I’ll be using those as a basis. I plan to write a serie of short stories to get my feet wet, so to speak. The prompts I have are in the same genre as the book I’m writing, so I think it would be a great way to introduce myself in that genre and see if I can pull this off.
Over the next few weeks I’ll track my progress here and share my successes as well as my losses. I really look forward to that. And I’m definitely looking forward to finish my first short story and sell my first copy.