For the next few weeks I’m going to be talking about my path to becoming a published author of science fiction and what life has been like for me on the other side.
My novel, Starfire, was conceived in a Laundromat back in the year 2000. I was fresh out of college and had just moved into a basement apartment, ready to take on the world. For years I had been messing around with characters and concepts surrounding my world of Sauria, but I’d never actually gotten a story to coalesce into a novel. I decided it was time to change that.
So each week when I took my laundry out for a refreshing, I took along a notebook and scribbled down ideas and concepts for different stories. It was in that Laundromat that I first met Rathe and conceived of his quest to discover the Starfire. It was a very exciting time for me.
I knew practically nothing of the publishing world or how to actually go about writing fiction. I just knew what I liked from all the science fiction and fantasy books I’d read up to that point. I’d taken journalism classes and one creative writing class in college, but nothing really focused on fiction writing. So I started that first chapter pretty blind as to what craft was all about.
The actual writing went quite slowly as so much of my time was spent writing and re-writing the first chapter while building out the lore that would fill up the rest of the story.
I think the early days when I was just learning and before I had gotten immersed in the culture of Christian writers were some of my freest days of writing. There’s something to be said for writing in ignorance of the rules. In fact I’d advise anyone who has a dream of writing to not focus on the rules of the craft until you have at least one full manuscript written. You can always re-write what you’ve written, but it’s very hard to polish an idea.