Well I've finally done it... Finally taken the plunge. No, I'm not getting married (yet). But I am writing a novel, and guess what? I'm over half-way done. I'ts crazy how it's all come together too. I've had an idea for a few years now, and my brother Kelly and I have been adding to it, and subtracting from it, over time, and to see it on paper finally is pretty exciting.
The first time I tried to write my idea down was a total disaster. I wrote maybe 5 pages before I hit a brick wall. This time I took a totally different route. Instead of telling the story in a chronological sequence of events (which I tried first) I started in the middle, and revealed anything pertinent from the past in flashbacks. For some reason writing is just easier for me that way. It feels more natural then just plodding along from "A" through "Z".
I can't tell you what it's about because I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that my book will be the scariest book you have ever read (I know that is a bold statement, but It's true, I totally stand by it). Yes, I am writing a horror novel. Is it weird that an outdoor writer is writing a horror novel? No, because it takes place in the woods and the protagonist is a backpacker... Go figure.
So, horror, indeed. I've always wanted to write horror, ever since I was a kid. Ever since I read Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Swartz. The cool thing about those books (there are 3) is that the illustrations are as scary as the stories. As a kid I actually became pretty obsessed with the horror genre. I bought a lot of "scary" books at the library book fairs (remember those?) and actually amassed a respectable collection. As an adult I've read tons of Stephen King. He's probably my favorite modern author, and I think his influence is apparent in my writing.
Why am I telling you this? Because I'm really excited about it. I'm hoping to be finished by Christmas. Of course half the battle with writing is getting your work published, so we shall see how that goes... I think my story is unique in a lot of ways, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that some publisher somewhere will agree. Above all though, my story is scary, in every sense of the word. So if you like a good scare, then keep a look out for it. I will update my progress here so all my loyal readers will be "in the know".