Thursday, 3 January 2019

21: A Year in the Life - Your Questions Answered

I had a lot of feelings I needed to get out before it drove me insane. I never intended to make those words into a book but after I let a few people read it they convinced me I must, so, fuck it. I published my private life.

It's here. My book exists, and everyone is now getting around to reading my truth about the year I turned 21. 

I can't believe I am officially an author. Honestly, my head cannot comprehend it! This has been my dream since I was 6 years old. Now, at almost 23, I am very much loving holding the physical copy of my masterpiece in my hands. 

I want to take a minute to write all of the fluff and cringe. Thank you. Thank you so much to my readers for believing in me and my work. I always say this but I feel like I have a purpose now! Everything feels great and I hope you all enjoy the book as much as I did writing it - through the breakdowns, tears and anxiety, that is...

This blog did and still does serve a great purpose but I have always wanted more! So here we are. My first book. There have been some questions that I took great interest in answering, so, if you'd like to know those answers I hope you continue to read on about the book I can't shut up about.

What brought you to write this book?

I had a lot of feelings I needed to get out before it drove me insane. I never intended to make those words into a book but after I let a few people read it they convinced me I must, so, fuck it. I published my private life.

How long did it take you to write the book?

Technically, only the year I turned 21. However, through a lot of pain and heartbreak in between, it was quite difficult to turn on my laptop and get writing when my life was turning to shit. So here we are, two painful years later, with plenty of editing and re-adjusting. Worth it. 

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I still believe I have so much to learn when it comes to writing despite doing it as a day job. I read a lot of literature as I can be quite lazy with words and language despite having rich knowledge on the matter. But I will say I am very good at making metaphors about almost ANYTHING in life. Especially the weather...

What advice do you have for writers?

Write what hurts... write about what you love most! You will write best when it comes from your heart, and when you are speaking nothing but the truth. I love fiction but I struggled to come up with a story when I was dealing, so horribly, with my own.

What is your writing process like?

My phone is full to the brim of random notes, quotes, sayings I have made up in my mind throughout the day or even when I wake up from a dream in the middle of the night. I write it ALL down, even the shit bits. 

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Don't stop writing. Write about everything, even if you only share it with yourself. Writers have creativity in their blood, but practise makes perfect. Read, read, read. All of the beautiful literature. All of it!

What did you edit out of this book?

Aha. Oh dear. A lot of negativity, believe it or not! I know this book isn't exactly pretty or fluffy, but that was the point. Life at 21 wasn't pretty for me. A lot of toxicity surrounding my most recent ex boyfriend was taken out as I had written it whilst hurting. Although it felt amazing to get it out, I wanted to keep those details of my life private. It was a very serious and tough time and I've got to keep some of it secret, right? I didn't want to slander anyone. That was the last of my intentions, we are all about that mature life in 2019. 

Do you believe in writer’s block?

I honestly do. I write best in the midst of a breakdown, however, sometimes my brain has nothing to spill onto those pages. It is what it is - don't force it if you don't have the motivation or brain power. It will come to you when it is supposed to. Like fuckboys, for instance. 

Where there alternate endings you considered?

It was supposed to end at Chapter 21. You know, the lovey dovey happy new year? Well, like I say plenty of times in the book... SHIT HAPPENS. I actually wrote the epilogue only a few months before the book went to print, I couldn't bare the story ended where it originally ended. I had so much to say, even if it wasn't a part of the year I turned 21, but I suppose that is the whole idea of an Epilogue. 

What's next for you? What are you working on now?

Absolutely nothing, and it feels so good. Besides this blog post. I love writing more than life itself but that book drained me. It was all worth it of course, but, I want to recharge my batteries before I work on my next project. A fiction! 

Thank you so much for your questions, I love the fact people, let alone one person, have taken interest in my work.

I don't care for the money aspect, I just want someone to read it and feel something. I am super proud of myself and finally feel like I can amount to something. I could never have done any of it without the constant support of my family, friends and many kind strangers on the internet. I feel so lucky and happy. I truly hope you enjoy!

You can find my book on Amazon here.

If you could be so kind as to leave me a review (if you enjoyed of course) that would be incredibly appreciated! 

1 comment :

  1. I've read your book from front to back and back to front it is an amazing book I felt every emotion from happiness sadness anger ....wanting to hurt everyone who's hurt you ,frustration shock even a tad of jealously .. Wishing I could write my life history as well as you have wrote your chapter of life