Follow The “Novel Brick” Road

Cheesy title, I know, but I’d like to thank everyone for all your support as I begin this journey into writer-dom. I’ve finally generated a Facebook and Twitter page to coincide with the blog. As I gain bloggers interest through here, I’ll gain publicity through those avenues as well! So stop on by an check out my Facebook page: facebook.com/seanknovels and follow me on twitter: @seanknovels. I hope to provide an interesting perspective into my writing and progression of my novel through all these media outlets and you never know what may get posted through any of them.  While I’ll make sure that my blog followers here get the most up to date info on my writing, I hope to reveal something unique through social media as well.

Lastly, I wanted to update everyone who’s been patient with me going on and on about my debut novel. I’m at 40% of my “NaNoWriMo size” goal, for my first draft, and I’ve committed to revealing the novel here on A Writer’s Journey the moment I hit 50% of that goal! The NaNoWriMo goal is 50,000 words (approx. 150 pgs), but I do plan on exceeding that goal, I’m just aiming low and shooting higher. So by next week I’ll hit the half way marker for my goal and at that point it’ll be that time to reveal just what exactly I’ve been working on to the world.

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So stay tuned!

Sean Kelly

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Top 10 Writers Quotes

Here I have a list the top ten quotes on writing that I’ve been able to find. Many of the sites I’ve found that give quotes from writers, or quotes about writing, are usually quotes that have no inspirational or deeper, truer meaning. These 10 are all quotes that after reading them I felt an immense urge to keep writing, or had the thought that, “Wow that really is true about writing.” Some are deep, others just make an uncanny amount of sense. I’ll comment and touch on a few of these in the future. Also if any of these have inspired you to write in the past or present, or if you have a quote about writing that you feel should make the top ten list, please let me know in the comments below!

10. “Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.” ~Anonymous

9. “Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie.” ~Stephen King

8. “Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.” ~Stephen King

7. “First, find out what your hero wants. Then just follow him.” ~Ray Bradbury

6. “I am a drinker with Writing Problems.” ~Brendan Behan

5. “Writing is like sex; you don’t have to wait until you’re an expert to begin doing it.” ~ Anonymous

4. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”  ~ Ernest Hemingway

3. “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.” ~Benjamin Franklin

2. “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”    ~Isaac Asimov

1. “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. ~Ernest Hemingway

Troubling and Inspiring?

A well known author once said:

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” ~George Orwell

How hauntingly beautiful is it that something you love so much can be such an awful, grueling experience, while still being such an amazing undertaking?  A quote like this, in a lot of ways is meant to weed out those who don’t have the drive to be a writer. However, when I read a quote like this, the only thing that comes to mind is that, I cannot wait until the day when I say something this intriguing and someone quotes me to aspiring writers.

You Should Probably Know…

I guess it is about time to learn a little bit more about me. As you may have gathered from my first posts, I have always had a weakness for a good story. I was raised on the rather unorthodox mixture of The Catcher in the Rye, Star Wars, and Final Fantasy, and ever since those stories latched their hooks into me at such a young age I knew what path I was going to take. Most people, quite specifically, know what they would like to do for a living. “I want to be a fireman,” or “When I grow up, I want to be a lawyer.” For me it was much more, and much less, simple.  I knew that when I got older I would be a storyteller.

In middle school, I was quickly pulled into the world of acting on the stage. This spawned my desire to be an actor. After many lead roles in many various plays, I came to enjoy the act of directing them. From there, I began to do more reading of screenplays and other various mediums, and eventually the thought of writing them was planted firmly into my mind. One after another, the aspirations seemed to fall like dominoes into their places in my future. Quickly I learned that I enjoyed every facet of telling a great story and began investigating all avenues of my career choice.

Writer, director, actor/voice actor, thespian, animator, video game developer, all of these are careers that I have expressed an interest in. Most have accused me of being over zealous and of having far too high of expectations, but I’ve always thought to myself, if I enjoy doing these things why should I limit myself to one indulgence? Gamblers usually smoke, smokers usually drink, why shouldn’t I be a writer and a computer animator?  I began doing schooling for computer programming and computer animation, so that I had a fiscally sound career in mind, which allowed me to in my spare time focus on the paths that required little financial backing. This brings us to where we are today, full of enthusiasm and loving it.

Now, as you know, I am looking into writing my first novel, the successor to all of the short creative writings I’ve done over the years. Soon I will upload a little more about myself, rather than my career choices it will be more about me as a person. You’ll learn more about the pet owner, the gamer, and the overall jack-of-all-trades in regards to hobbies.  Then, I’ll soon be uploading my first excerpt from my book and a hefty synopsis of the novel. While you wait for that, keep an eye out for more posts, and I’ll be posting an ongoing word count in the page entitled, “The Drive Home.” I hope that we’ll all find out that we have a little something in common and can learn a bit more about one another as we continue forward!

Time To Embark On A Journey

My first novel, as well as others I’ll write, will be based on a popular story structure: “The Journey”.  You’ll often times find me referring to a journey, primarily due to the relation to my first novel, but also due to the many emotions and story variants it can accommodate.  The arc of a journey has been used by many writers: J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings, Steven King in The Gunslinger, and Douglas Adams in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. All these authors and more know what it means to embark on a truly fascinating adventure.  The concept of the journey is fascinating in that it presents so many different possibilities and challenges for the hero to encounter and overcome.  The hero may run into many different characters along the way, and because they’re travelling, they can be as diverse and unique as the author can fathom.   They can run from something, run to something or simply be travelling for survival.  They’ll be forced to deal with hunger, assailants, nature and mental stability. All of these things and more are perfect reasons to have your protagonist embark on a journey, and they all share one common theme: “Overcome”.  The characters’ ability to overcome or even to fail to overcome obstacles is something that every human being can relate to.

In addition to all of the obvious, physical aspects of the journey, there is one thing that encompasses all of the above and more: the mental journey.  Being able to overcome yourself, or your own mind, whether dealing with a mental impairment, such as amnesia, or a more basic emotion like an overwhelming fear of spiders when your goal lies deep within a dark, web-ridden cave.  Movies with big twists where it was all in the mind of a mental patient take the concept of overcoming ones mental deficiencies to an absolute extreme, but still hit the “mental journey nail” on the head and are often having the character overcome many of these mental obstacles at once.  But again, that similar underlying theme pokes its timid head out. The journey to prevail over something is not only one of the most intriguing and promising aspects of story architecture, but it is also one of the oldest.  Tales told by our ancestors thousands of years ago were about a person overcoming a large beast or retrieving a great treasure from a god and are still told and replicated today.

As you can see, this is something that is prominent throughout our entire history and will make a prominent return in my book, which is the reason I chose to write about this interesting bit of story structure. Hopefully you will be able to recognize it in my tale as well.  You may or may not have already known about this concept, but hopeful this helps shed some light on how it is prominent in our everyday lives, even if we don’t immediately recognize it.

Ready, Set, Write!

Welcome Everyone!

My name is Sean Kelly and the only thing that truly matters to me is a good story.  Nothing short of the real thing can make you feel the way a truly good story does.  My entire life I’ve listened, watched, played and read so many good stories that I knew one day I would carry on this legacy and bring vivid worlds and characters to life like so many before me.  Recently I took steps to ensure that I can spend as much time as possible writing my first full length, publishable novel.  I’ve begun research to ensure accuracy, I’ve purchased all the needed supplies (including lots of energy drinks), and I’ve quit my job so that I may dedicate my life to my chosen vocation.  Storytelling.  This will be my first venture into the mainstream and from start to finish I hope to bring you along on my journey to becoming a published writer.  I hope that by the time I near the end of my novel, to start a Kickstarter project to fund the different aspects of book publishing, editing, publishing, cover artwork, and marketing. Although the absolute best reason to start a Kickstarter campaign is to get the book directly into readers hands. With most Kickstarter projects when someone makes a contribution they usually receive a copy of the product, so not only is it beneficial to me financially but it gets the story directly into your hands once published!  So please, follow me on this journey and we will learn and experience this together and please feel free to leave comments and questions about, well just about anything!

 

Sean Kelly