I had never planned on writing books, and ten years ago, being an author did not figure in my wildest dreams. A chance event made me write one scene and then another and quickly writing grew into an addiction. Soon, I was scribbling everyday during my lunch break, filling up page after page. This was 2006. I did not know the first thing about the publishing process. But I wrote like a crazed person, and I wrote with a lot of love for the art of writing. Of course, the sentence structures were horrid, the dialogues were weird and the delivery stilted most of the time. They are a great source of inspiration nonetheless, because they show me how much I have grown as a writer, editor, marketer, and overall as a person. Since ‘now’ and ‘then’ can be so clearly compared, my journey as a writer become so much more meaningful and encouraging.
Writer/author or not, we all grow everyday, in various different ways. In my day job as a telecommunications professional, I have matured over all these years, that is what life experience does to us. But that growth does not feel as impressive because there are very few tools to take snapshots of me at every point of that journey. Sure, I have mastered more skills, I may have earned a degree or two, maybe I have climbed the corporate ladder, I might have increased my earnings. Yet, since I do not remember what my ’10 years ago’ self was like, I fail to be awed. That is where I find the writer’s journey so different and awesome. Here I can easily and clearly see the difference the years have made.
Back in 2008, I had made a small flyer to capture the central conflict of my pentalogy. It was supposed to help me with my pitch, my elevator speech and what not. Back then, I had not chosen the path of being an indie, I was still undecided. Today, I stumbled upon said flyer (below).
The premise remains the same. The flyer does, albeit in an unattractive way, capture the heart of the conflict that propels the Lightbound Saga. But these colors are not good, not remotely eye-catching. The writing is sort of . . . I don’t know . . . different from what I do now. I would restructure and redesign the thing in an entirely different way if I had to do it again.
Oh hey, there’s that clear indication of change again-the same concept, the same old me, but with a whole new perspective, ideas and techniques. Isn’t it great to see development?
I was chatting with a friend just the other day and we happened to talk about something writers all over the world find out all the time-the writer’s vocation is not an easy one. It is tiring, exhausting and sometimes frustrating as anything. But, it is also liberating and extremely rewarding-and no, I do not mean in financial terms. I find the joy not only in being able to see my ideas and visions brought to life on the pages of my books, but also in seeing just how much I have grown over all these years. I am glad that I chose to start writing and that I choose to keep writing everyday.